UK / Duration 2m 47s / 2011
This animation is the culmination of a residency at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle Upon Tyne. It is made from the film leader from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” (one of the first technicolor films). The film starts with the drab real world in black and white and suddenly converts to colour as Dorothy finds herself in the land of Oz. This film is an attempt to celebrate and look back at that moment in cinematic history. It is also apt today at another juncture in cinematic technology as celluloid becomes obsolete to the pixel. It is animated to a rejected movie soundtrack by Wayne Urquhart, one of the first I have worked on with sound.
“I am a kind of cinematic magpie. Most of my source material is gleaned from the cutting room floor of the film production process. I seek to reveal the stuff that the audience never sees, reprocessing and exposing moments that would otherwise be lost forever. Recycling waste and celebrating hidden labour are persistent intentions in my practice. Rescuing a moment and reanimating it is a form of bringing it alive – a kind of memento vivere.”
“As celluloid succumbs to the pixel, the endless bombardment of images upon the viewer seems ever more intense. Each blockbuster movie boasts to be bigger, faster and more explosive than the last. I attempt to use the tools and language of 21st century cinema to expose that which has not been seen before and try to seduce the viewer with an alternate view. As the digital and dematerialised world progresses, I search through the analogue graveyard and collect snippets left behind worthy of a second look.”