With Lost Islands, which I exhibited at Eastern Bloc in Montreal in 2012, I sought to exploit the influence of colonialism on Cold War cinema, and playfully examine its uses in the manufacture of fear and suspense. Constructed from footage appropriated from classic cinema—in particular lost-island-style thrillers like King Kong, The Island of Dr. Moreau and Lost Continent—the installation delineates a cinematic space in which colonialist-inspired narratives are broken down and reconfigured as sensual or emotional experiences. As with the visual component, the sound is also appropriated (from old F. W. Murnau films like Nosferatu and The Haunted Castle). The channels’ differing lengths ensure that the video and audio tracks layer and overlap continually, always combining and recombining in new permutations.
You can see the individual channels on my Vimeo site.
Four-channel video installation
04:53 min. sample reel (installation channels are of varied lengths and loop continuously)
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