Rescuing a lost moment and reanimating it is a form of bringing it alive - a kind of memento vivere.
Like a magpie I glean the neglected and recycle it as source material for my mostly moving image practice. For example, a single celluloid frame that did not make the final cut of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: a space odyssey is reanimated into an undulating animation-painting in A Space Odyssey Omit. I attempt to dig into the recent past and dissect the detritus of what we leave behind and celebrate it one last time.
These hoarded objects are not always tangible. They are sometimes experiences or places lost or on the precipice of existence often due to the human effect on the environment. In Lightness, a 16mm film, I sought out a dark place in Britain to see the Milky Way but when I get there it’s too cloudy to see it. There is often an absurdity and embracing of things not going to plan.
I use conversation and collaboration as part of my creative methodology. A chance encounter with an Arctic guide leads to an interview which ends up as the soundtrack to Tuprutus, an animation of multiple cloud drawings. Tuprutus is Finnish for drifting. The clouds like time are ungraspable but drawing them fixes them on a screen if only for a few moments.
(Eventually I would like to make a morbid piece about when humans are extinct because of a man-made disaster but I’d need a huge budget so that’s probably shelved forever. Probably best.)
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