I will give a presentation on intermediality in the tableaux vivant in both films: Magic Mirror (75min, 2013)and Confessions To The Mirror (68min, 2016). This will follow a full screening of Confessions To The Mirror on the conference day. The day before the film Magic Mirror will screen.
Short synopsis on the films:
Magic Mirror is the first part of a diptych of films that re-enact photographs by the Surrealist artist Claude Cahun (1894-1954) as tableaux vivants and are accompanied by spoken text from Cahun’s writing. The text in Magic Mirror is from Cahun’s major manuscript Aveux non avenus (1930). The re-enacted images focus mostly on her well known self portraits. These re-enactments run alongside stagings from Cahun’s writing, sometimes combining the artists writing, with her photographs. The addition of time given to the re-staging of stilled images enables a prolonging of image, which is opened to a voiced soundscape. Out of these intermedial interactions, media, authorship, and the question of when interpretation becomes a creative act are made uncertain.