Made as a response to the events of 9/11, Flight is a 15 minute film that celebrates and questions our relationship with flying. The film explores the idea of flight through an examination of the psychological state of mind and the necessary suspension of
reality it induces in the passenger. It is set in the socio-political context of the crisis of airline flight. Structured around an
imaginary plane journey Flight links the experiential processes of flying with the distancing process of psychoanalysis and the
fragmentary nature of modern identity. Flight provides a new parallel between the production of meaning in cinema, the
operation of the unconscious mind and the development of the self as defined by psychoanalysis.
Flight consists of new material culled from 30 hours of video footage shot at Los Angeles airport where the artist was located for
a month. It also contains extracts of image and sound archive material from many fiction and documentary sources. The
theoretical grounding which informs the distilling of autobiographical, fictional and documentary forms in Flight resulted in
Maziere’s recent writings and commissioning on subjectivity and cinema in a special issue of Art In Sight: The Dispersed
Subject, Art in Sight, Issue 33, Spring 2007 (guest editor and contributor).
Researched and developed during a 3 month artists’ residency on the theme of Time at BANFF, Canada. The film was exhibited
at Worldwide Video Festival, Amsterdam, by invitation from the curators alongside works by Andy Warhol, Stan Douglas and
Pierre Huyghe. It was further exhibited at international venues including Media Arts Festival, Germany, and Melbourne
International Film Festival. The film has been used by ACE as a model of good practice in the context of their International
Fellowship programme, exhibited at the Fellowship launch at Sketch Gallery, London, and covered in the catalogue Freefall.
Citations include Elwes (2005); Curtis (2007).
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