"Unfortunately, time will soon no longer be master. Wrapped in their aura of doubt and error, this day's events, however insignificant they may be, will in a few seconds begin their work, gradually encroaching upon their ideal order, cunningly introducing an occasional inversion, a discrepancy, a confusion, a warp, in order to accomplish their task..."
(The Erasers/Les Gommes, Alain Robbe-Grillet)
Return 2003 re-visited the concept of 'Wiper' using digital technology. This film took two days to make including photography and post-production, which took place at home. Digital editing offered the flexibility to compile sequences of individual frames and also to be able to immediately view the frame-by-frame sequences under construction and to adjust individual frame selection. However, whilst new technology aided the ease and accuracy of the production procedure the ‘film’ has also inherited characteristics of image quality – the electronically edge-enhanced sharpness of video and the overall cleanliness of the enclosed system of the digital domain. Return lacks the textural and tactile surface qualities of Wiper which makes the viewing of each a completely different experience. Projected at the same size I continue to remain somewhat distanced from Return, as if the digital medium in some way sanitises the image; raises an invisible barrier between viewer and surface image.
(Technology 2: Independent Film '70s & '80s; Exhibition Notes)
'Roadworks' for ITV2/Cobravision.
10 x 5 second clips to 'bookend' ITV Movies