Live, Moments Ago

Included in Parts & Labour, the second Animate OPEN, online from 1 April to 30 May 2016 only.

Live, Moments Ago, reflects on the fatal shooting of eighteen year old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, in August 2014, and how, for four hours, in the unrelenting summer sun, his body remained where he fell. The film is an attempt to make some meaning of that time, and is a frame by frame reconstruction of a tiny amount of mobile phone footage.

The footage was drawn frame by frame in two different tones of pencil to create a shiny and matt effect, and then photographed a number of times, each time drawing over the footage with the matt pencil to break up the shiny pencil.

‘By drawing and redrawing it, time is reinvested into the image, as a homage and to add value. The frames have been worked over and over causing the paper to tear and rupture, almost resembling burning, and recalling the violent protest and fires that broke out after the event, as well as historical lynching fires. The image breaking up and pixellating leaves us uncertain and nervous. I am interested in how the materiality of an image can support its meaning, the tearing or disintegration of paper and marks alluding to the criminal and emotional disruption of public space.’

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