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Material damage: 4 projector film performance

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posted on 2016-10-20, 00:00 authored by Dirk De Bruyn
Dirk de Bruyn’s expanded cinema performances engage the æsthetics of process at a number of levels. At the core of these performances are several of three- or four-screen, essentially abstract films of the same duration which comment upon and echo each other in a constant interplay of flicker-like positive and negative imagery. The soundtrack of the films works in a related way: the same or similar words and sound fragments are overlayed, or are repeated in an absurd call-and-answer pattern running from one speaker to another.

This overall design or formal system is then set into play and relativised in the live event through a number of treatment-techniques. Reels are placed out of order or interspliced with other short films or fragments of found footage or tests, the bulb of one or more projectors can be occasionally turned off while the soundtrack continues, or the projector can be stopped altogether, extending, stretching out or disrupting completely the apparent synchrony between each screen and soundtrack.

The light beam of each projector is filtered, distorted, split and multiplied using hand-held colour gels, plastic bottles, prisms and mirrors, or else silhouetted or blocked completely with the artist’s own hands and body. The projectors themselves can be inverted, turned around or physically transported across the space, mixing and overlaying the imagery, animating different areas of the performance environment and transforming the body of the audience itself into a screen medium.

History

Event

Punto Y Raya. Festival (2016 : Karlruhe, Germany)

Publisher

Punto Y Raya Festival

Location

Media Theatre ZKM Karlruhe, Germany

Place of publication

Karlruhe, Germany

Start date

2016-10-20

End date

2016-10-20

Language

eng

Publication classification

J1 Major original creative work

Copyright notice

2016, Dirk De Bruyn

Extent

4 projector performance

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