Ein sof

Ein sof, 2015
Hand-manipulated 8mm film, programming, video, sound, performance, giclée prints

This project involved bleaching discarded movie film to selectively remove colors and allow new compositions to emerge.

In another iteration of the piece I created a software patch in PureData that could be “played” like an instrument by any other artist. Patricia Brace performed a version of Sin sof in my absence, acting as a stand-in for me as a the author; this type of composer/instrumentalist relationship is familiar in the history of classical music, but less established in contemporary performance art. We wanted to explore what kinds of unintended qualities might be created from absence.

The version that is pictured below was realized for an exhibition called Camera Culture at the Midwest Center for Photography.