Retort is pleased to present 4 images by Eliza Newman-Saul. From an ongoing series documenting Eliza’s movement back and forth between the Old and New worlds. We were pleased to publish the first part of this series in 2010 until some scumbag hacker compromised our archives. Today justice is restored.
Continue reading ~ Eliza Newman-Saul – I seem to have lost Holland (and found it again) →
Corridor, basement, main building. The visitor reading the title of a work.
Graduation work at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. A compilation of short texts projected on a wall, consisting out of a date, time, location in the academy and description of a person performing an action. The texts always appear on the wall the moment the performance takes place, meaning there is never a way to consciously witness it. The only thing the audience can know is that during the day they are surrounded by scripted actions, and that anything or anyone can be part of the work. As the visitor reads the title, he/she realizes that it includes him/her too.
Room 318, third floor, main building.
Staircase, first floor, main building.
Continue reading ~ Nadja Voorham – Corridor, basement, main building →
Four photo stills from Sound of Memories. Owsinski’s film tells the story of a Polish couple, and their return to Poland following WWII, after migrating to Bosnia. They are being interviewed by anthropologists, and Owsinski films this musical story. At the bottom of the page, you will find links to watch a video to see a beautiful bit of folk singing and an excerpt from the film.
Still from Sound of Memories by Owsinski
Michal Owsinski writes:
For this film I was working with anthropologists. The anthropologists were conducting a research on Polish re-settlers by interviewing them. I attempted to record these interviews.
The Polish re-settlers are telling stories about their families migrating to Bosnia and later coming back to Poland after the Second World War. Two elderly characters, a woman and a man, are telling stories of their lives and singing. They sing old Balkan folk songs as well as some of their own songs, which are still based on folk melodies. They are telling stories from the history of their grandparents through to recent events.
Continue reading ~ Michal Owsinski – four pictures – Sound of Memories →
Wile E. is a short film (14.33 min) by Christopher Holloran. Retort is pleased to present 4 stills from the film.
A girl and boy on separate sides of the world (NY & Amsterdam) both lead fantastical lives but are incapable of meeting. The film is loosely based on a Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner sketch where Wile E. paints a tunnel on a rock that the Roadrunner passes through.
It’s made using my own technique of projecting onto paper and then cutting out portions of the film to illustrate the hyperreal mediums that skew our vision.
The characters exist in their own hyperreal worlds, oblivious to the fact that their surroundings are merely fictionalised. Yet they still doggedly try to meet, to break away from their ‘painted tunnels’.
Wile E. serves as a deconstruction of hyperreal drama in a cinematic format. Numerous tropes of the cinematic language that usually goes unquestioned are identified and made as visible as possible whilst still retaining an engaging veneer.
Wile E. still 6
The edges of the screen become observable, the screen floats within it’s own frame of reference. Continue reading ~ Wile E. by Christopher Holloran →