by Jennifer REEVES
2006 / color / sound / 8' 00

Symbols of 20th century science, industry, medicine and madness are mixed in rhythmic molecular forms, morphing frequencies and colorful visual textures. Educational films (depicting factory assembly lines, X-rays, scientific experiments, etc.) are sewn together with melted down pharmaceuticals affixed directly to the film, forming a concentrated fusion with pulsating electronic sounds, bass clarinet and organ. Century-old physical direct-on-film work converges with the latest HD format "destined to render film obsolete". Formats compete for dominance and resolve to coexist, perhaps in a fantasy world.

LIGHT WORK I sprung out of an immersive Expanded Cinema Performance created by collaborators Jennifer Reeves and musician Anthony Burr in 2006 for the Kill Your Timid Notion Festival (the original four-projector 16mm, four-channel music LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER). LIGHT WORK I uses uncompressed High Definition Video to record the process of making this longer direct-on-16mm-film work, and composites HD images of this physical process with the 16mm motion picture. The soundtrack is a layered mix of multi-tonal bass clarinet, organ, electronics and digital frequencies, creating a musical composition out of “real world” instruments and the invisible digital realm.


distribution format Digital file on server (FHD)
screen 1,85 - Panoramic
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 40,00 €