Film of Octopuses

Bea McMahon

Description

‘Armed with a pair of flippers and a plastic bag, I went to the Calanques near Marseilles where Jean Painlevé made his amazing film The lovelife of the octopus. In Film of Octopuses 2013, footage of an underwater journey is interrupted by sequences of crude animation drawn directly on the 8mm film. These marks transpire to be drawn with octopus ink and form something like text in motion. No octopus appears in Film of Octopuses, but their presence is registered and it becomes as if they themselves hold the camera and have become little structuralist filmmakers.’

(Text by the artist, sourced on Dec 31st 2016)

Details
Title

Film of Octopuses

Year

2013

Creator

Bea McMahon

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short, Combination live action and animation

Genre

Landscape, Lyrical

Subject

Painlevé, Jean, Sea life

Language

No dialogue

Duration

3 minutes

Original format

Physical: Super 8mm (painted with octopus ink), 18fps, Digital copy also available

Aspect ratio

4:3

Colour

Colour

Sound

Silent

Rights

Copyright holder: Frac Midi-Pyrénées and Bea McMahon

Artist website

n/a

Link to work

n/a