Homo Sapiens Project (161-170)

Rouzbeh Rashidi

Description

Through the works of the Experimental Film Society, of which Rashidi is a key member, cinema remains in a state of productive instability. Here, cinema can function as a sketchbook – a way of exploring some of the possible lives of an idea. This is what we encounter in Rashidi’s visceral and abrasive Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) in which he takes apart and reassembles a 35mm trailer for Brain De Palma’s little-loved The Black Dahlia (2006). This interaction with a seemingly alien Hollywood film culture feels like a form of archaeology; he returns to 35mm material as artefact, and what he uncovers there is a realm of possibility, not only what the artefact is but the furthest realms of what the artefact could have been. Foregrounding discarded, depreciated or flea market-sourced media, collected and re-used without any sense of mawkishness or nostalgia, Rashidi produces a reflexivity which transcends any impassive or non-emotive qualities associated with the genre.’ (Text by Daniel Fitzpatrick and Alice Butler, sourced from http://aemi.ie/the-films-of-experimental-film-society/ on September 13th 2016)

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Details
Title

Homo Sapiens Project (161-170)

Year

2013

Creator

Rouzbeh Rashidi

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Intermittent animation, Reflexive, Text

Subject

Film trailers, Materialities, History of cinema

Language

No language

Duration

8 minutes

Original format

Physical: 35mm Digital:Apple ProRes 422 HQ

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Copyright holder: Experimental Film Society

Artist website

http://rouzbehrashidi.com/ http://rouzbehrashidi.com/

Link to work

no online link available