The Trembling Giant As Hyperobject
Tarrant, PA (2018). The Trembling Giant As Hyperobject. Screenworks Showcase: Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene Special Issue. The Cube, Bristol 20 Jun 2018 Screenworks.
The Trembling Giant’s tremulous technique emerges form a direct engagement with the experimental films and ‘Nervous System’ and ‘Nervous Magic Lantern’ performances of Ken Jacobs who has spent many decades projecting images through a spinning propeller, with depth cues being a key consideration in that, and other, efforts. My innovation is to invert his process and record images through a spinning propeller, that propeller, moreover, being the ready-made propeller that is represented by a film reel as it spins on a 16mm projector. By using a film projector my technique demands consideration of the mediating effects of cinema in our lives (especially in our understanding of landscape) and introduces such phenomena as depth effects, intermittence and a kind of movement that Jacobs calls ‘eternalism’. This effect is apprehended as a rolling, or rippling, movement in my film, caused by, but different to, the turning movement of the film reel.
|Keywords||film projector; hyperobject; landscape; experimental cinema|
|Web address (URL)||http://screenworks.org.uk/the-trembling-giant-as-hyperobject|
|Accepted author manuscript|
CC BY 4.0
|20 Jun 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||22 May 2018|
|Accepted||10 Apr 2018|
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