Taking my skin

Pucill, S. 2007. Taking my skin. Toronto, Canada

TitleTaking my skin
CreatorsPucill, S.
Description

16mm film which tracks a dialogue between the artist and her mother, exploring the pleasures of maternal embodiment as a model for a different kind of imagined spectatorship. Directed, written, produced, performed, shot and edited by Pucill. Won Marion MacMahon Award for best women's autobiographic experimental film at Toronto (April 2007). ‘Taking My Skin’ tracks a dialogue between Pucill and her mother. Their exchange ranges from narrating the filming process ‘in

the moment’ to relations in an earlier time – ‘how long do you think it takes for a child to become separate?’ Throughout the

journey film spaces continuously dissolve and collapse only to separate again. Sometimes the artist is behind the camera,

sometimes the mother, sometimes both simultaneously behind and in front, or neither. Both perform, film, and alternately

instruct, position and direct the other. Formally and thematically, the film is an exploration of closeness, of synching, and the

threat this poses to the self. The film touches lightly upon the pleasures of maternal embodiment as a model for a different kind

of imagined spectatorship, presenting a carefully staged experiment in the physical and ethical relationship between camera

and subject.

The filming process was integral to the film, eliding distinctions between filming and performing. Pucill and her mother, who had

never used a camera before, arranged the filming themselves. The use of synch sound and dialogue marked a significant

development in Pucill’s filmmaking process.

The film won the Marion MacMahon Award for best women's autobiographic experimental film at Images Festival of Film and

Video, Toronto (April 2007). Other festival screenings include Cork (2006), European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, (28.04.07).

Gallery screenings include ‘Intervention’, Fieldgate Gallery, London (14.09.07 – 15.10.07); Millenium Film Workshop, New York,

(November 2006); 'Mother Cut', New Jersey University Gallery (forthcoming 2008, co-exhibitors include Mary Kelly and Mona

Hatoum); Greenwich Picture House (2007) as part of Pucill’s ‘Subjective Camera’ curation. The project won funding from ACE

(£10,000) and AHRC (£17,000). It is distributed by Lux, BFI, and distributors in Paris, Toronto and USA. Reviews include

Vertigo (Spring 07).

Date2007
EventImages Festival of Film and Video
Web address (URL)http://www.re-title.com/artists/sarah-pucill.asp

Related outputs

Collaborating with Claude Cahun: Between Photography and Film
Pucill, S. 2020. Collaborating with Claude Cahun: Between Photography and Film. in: Schmid, M. and Knowles, K. (ed.) Cinematic Intermedialities Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

"Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror
Pucill, S. 2018. "Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror. in: Smith, V. and Hamlyn, N. (ed.) Experimental and Expanded Animation: New Perspectives and Practices Switzerland Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 231-255

The provocation of intermediality in the tableaux vivants in Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror
Pucill, S. 2017. The provocation of intermediality in the tableaux vivants in Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror . Photofilm: Sampling the Archive. GUGA (Centre of Architecture), in co-operation with the Metropolitan University, Budapest, Hungary. 19 Sep - 19 Nov 2017

Confessions To The Mirror
Pucill, S. 2016. Confessions To The Mirror. London Film Festival

Magic Mirror
Pucill, S. 2015. Magic Mirror. The Nunnery Gallery, London

Magic mirror
Pucill, S. 2013. Magic mirror.

Phantom rhapsody
Pucill, S. 2010. Phantom rhapsody.

Fall in frame
Pucill, S. 2009. Fall in frame.

Blind light (2007)
Pucill, S. 2007. Blind light (2007). 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

The 'autoethnographic' in Chantal Akerman's news from home, and an analysis of almost out and stages of mourning
Pucill, S. 2006. The 'autoethnographic' in Chantal Akerman's news from home, and an analysis of almost out and stages of mourning. in: Hatfield, J. (ed.) Experimental film and video: an anthology Eastleigh, UK John Libbey. pp. 83-92

Stages of mourning
Pucill, S. 2006. Stages of mourning. 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

The question of the subject and the autobiographic in artists moving image practice
Pucill, S., Hatfield, J. and Reynolds, L. 2004. The question of the subject and the autobiographic in artists moving image practice. Filmwaves Magazine. 24 (2), pp. 5-9.

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