Joshua Bonnetta - Strange Lines and Distances LP/DVD+ | Out March 25 2014
Experimedia Films present Strange Lines and Distances, an award winning two-channel audio-visual installation by artist Joshua Bonnetta which examines Guglielmo Marconi's first transatlantic radio broadcast.
The work is inspired by Marconi's belief that sound waves never completely disappear, but rather diminish incrementally becoming fainter over time. He believed that with an adequately sensitive receiver, one could amplify the echoes of history. Strange Lines and Distances looks at and listens to the past, revisiting Marconi's original transmission sites in order to explore the hauntological aspects of radio and landscape. The installation invites a consideration of the monumental impact of the first wireless transmission, and explores the medium's potential to conflate and fragment both space and time.
Strange Lines and Distances dual channels represent the transmission site in Poldhu Cove, U.K. and the receiving site at Fever Hospital, St. John's, NL. Each historical site is documented using 16mm colour negative film. The sonic composition was created from site-specific field recordings, shortwave and longwave radio recordings and archival material. Mired in static and atmospheric interference, the recordings exist as fragmentary spectres of outport beacons, noise, musical passages and human voice. Visually, each channel contains imagery that resonates and rhymes with the opposing channel in terms of shape, line, color, light and optical geometry. Through a visual examination of the sites' topographical similarities, the work plays with the juxtaposition of landscape, architectural ruins, flora, and geological and meteorological phenomena. The images unfold as a series of long shots, and this play with duration creates a montage that asks the spectator to consider distance and the poetics of form.
"What first draws you into Strange Lines and Distances is the film itself. That is, that luscious 16mm color film stock infusing (or revealing? - it's impossible to say) a delicate poignancy in all it depicts. These seductive surfaces are portals into a composition that patiently accumulates symmetries and juxtapositions and eventually enshrouds the viewer in a kind of stereoscopic temporal fog. Each pairing of moments is suffused with the ebb and flow of time's passage - we see the eternal in the specific and vice versa. Throughout, the static and hum of radio transmissions merge with the wind - blowing from the past, amplified into the audible range and into the present. As it unfolds, Joshua Bonnetta's beautiful film gradually reveals itself to be the sensitive receiver, picking up the echoes of history, of which Marconi dreamed." - Andrew Pekler
Joshua Bonnetta is an interdisciplinary artist working with film, video and sound in various modes of theatrical exhibition, performance and installation. His work has shown at The Berlinale, The Toronto International Film Festival, Images Festival, Mutek International Festival of Electronic Music, European Media Arts Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and others. He is an Assistant Professor in the department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts at Ithaca College in New York state and has served as a Composer-in-Residence in Electroacoustic Studio ALPHA at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden.
Strange Lines and Distances has been featured at Images Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and was awarded the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award.
Presented as a special limited edition featuring:
-DVD of the film
-12" Vinyl LP containing an extended score
-Printed inner sleeve with Monograph by Jeffrey Sconce
-Uncoated Gatefold Sleeve
-HD Video & Audio Download Coupons
+Optional Blu-Ray Add-on
Presented by Experimedia Films in association with Images Festival, Umor Rex Records and Evil Llama.
Graphic design by Daniel Castrejon. Audio mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin. Video authoring and encoding by Evil Llama.
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