TRANSIT(IVE)

HD video created from 16mm projection performance with digital sound, recorded on digital video. 06:36.  2017.

A video document of death, loss and relation that queries the ontology of objects (human bodies “dead” and “living", machines, film, video, artifacts) and their communication with each other. Transit(ive) records an encounter between myself and that-which-my-father-had-become a week after his death. Made by shooting a digital video of my embodied encounter with a constellation of interrelating objects: the digital audio recording I’d made of my father’s dying breath; clear 16mm celluloid leader; light moving from a 16mm film projector’s bulb through the leader that thread past the lens and then onto a wall; my own body; the projector lens I was manipulating; and the DSLR camera that reinterpreted the artifacts of light and sound. The physical manipulation of the lens of the projector connects the fleshly body to the body of light through the body of film. My fingers, no longer able to caress his face, caressed the lens.

For my father, Gerald Grant (1938-2017)

 

Screening history:

2019    Poetic Light, a program of media on the outdoor public Media Façade in the Asia Culture Plaza, Gwangju, South Korea.
2018    Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image. Binghamton, NY.
2018    AXW Film Fest. Anthology Film Archives. New York, NY.
2018    Video library of the Images Contre Nature festival. Marseilles, France.
2018    Sleeping Giant Film Festival.  Jacksonville, FL.
2018    Athens International Film Festival.  Athens, OH.