Media Installation (16mm, Film Tree Cabinet, ELMO 16CL Projector, 2014)

This film loop was constructed out of landscape sequences from my film KATAH-DIN. The expression of infinity through the looping mechanism emphasizes the perpetual interpretation of the landscape.  The images in the loop were originally shot on 16mm film, then transferred to digital video, and shot back to 16mm on an optical printer, analog grain transformed into digital pixels and back again.

The looping mechanism, and the film medium, mechanically take part in a process of perpetual translation, as seen through the interpretation of the landscape of Katahdin in archeology, anthropology, geology, mythology, history, art, language, literature, tourism and the archive. As each frame passes though the projector gate it is never the same; scratches, dirt, enlarged perforations, all become physical artifacts inscribed in the medium.  The transmission of the film material will be transformed throughout its life in the gallery. Like a living organism it will age, the filmic information broken down through the apparatus of translation: the film projector.

The loop has been created to run on a Film Tree, an apparatus designed by the National Park Service for use in park visitor centers.  The system is ingeniously engineered to be extremely gentle on prints. At one time, over 150 of these units were installed within the National Park Service.  Many of these units were still in daily use until very recently with the widespread digital cinema revolution that has effected all theatrical applications. The film tree you see is the very first of these units installed for use outside of the National Park Service.