Becoming Painterly ((the Patience of an Impatience))
2015, 16mm film loop, color, silent
(1) 16mm projector plays a film loop for 30 minutes. Each loop is the same sequence of images.
The film loops are torrented and appropriated digital found footage that I have printed onto clear celluloid using an inkjet printer. These strips are literally printed straight from the internet and into a tangible form.
The ‘loading circle’ represents data compensating between the rate it is processed and received. There is an algorithm occurring during video streaming - that 16mm doesn’t have. So in a sense, the projection is a representation without the actualities of this process. It is a signifier of waiting and somehow gets away with being a part of many pieces. Though, there is an understanding when seeing this symbol - that it is separate from the actual video. Both of these symbols are recognizable to todays internet-using world. I imply to bring images born in the digital world onto celluloid. This creates something that could possibly create a discourse on the illusion of the digital rhetoric - which disassembles when gone analog. There is also the notion of ‘painterly,’ that comes into play.
When projected, the ink melts and reaches its potential after 30 minutes of projection time. The black ink background behind the circle symbol becomes streaked and eventually melts to gray. Though, the ‘loop’ sequence stays the same - as well as the actual circle symbol. The fact that the image remains strong speaks volumes about this digital interaction with analog.
In the film strip, a mouse is shown clicking the ‘loop’ option. My hand in the piece is further articulated by the act of actually ‘re-looping’ the projector. Each time the film loops, the circle symbol segment fades more- so although this piece is on a loop, it becomes durational. The viewer sees a new image with each anticipated turn. These two internet symbols essentially become materialized and sculptural while hanging on the wall.