|Title||Film matters: Historical and material considerations of colour, movement and sound in film|
The narratives presented in most film histories seem to ignore the essential material components of analogue film stock. Film matters focuses on material components of the film image – specifically colour, movement and sound – with the aim of telling a material history in a contemporary, ‘post-digital’ environment. The aim of this history is to show how film as a material has
In these works I practice alternative ways of history writing and telling that may not be written, but which leave their sediments in the materialities and projections of film. My research is embedded in a historical framework, but at the same time reflects upon the actuality of the political history of film. History
Setting out from this methodology, in Chapter 1 I research the representational and constitutional participation of these material components in film’s different temporalities. Through a close reading of several seminal films and moving image works I focus on the interplay between film, time and certain contexts of social and political structures, in order to understand how these are constructed along with material history.
Chapter 2 explores movement, rhythm and physicality in the materiality of film. Setting out from the experimental set-up of the film Fugue (2015), the chapter analyses the relationship between physicality(of a body) and materiality (of the film) founded on movement. I claim that movement on film and movement of film produce involuntary side products, which become readable in film through dance-like movements and rhythms. I discover micromovements and habit-formation in both the movement of the film and the movement of the body and seek to read their political and transformative potential in situations in which they were joined, or when transitions from one to the other took place.
In Chapter 3 I analyse the role of colour within film history and collective memory. Colour, as a chemical component of the film emulsion, has a temporal permanence, seeping into the grounds and bodies as chemicality, as toxic substance. Colour as a transtemporal figure is elaborated in the video Red,
The thesis concludes in a reflection on the practice of working with a negative approach. In my search for forms of resistance within the moving image that interrupt constant reproductions of power and its representations, I detect the necessity of working with negativity in a processual way.