Abidings are short experimental films each made of a single 35mm color photograph, scanned and digitally animated. These photographic images are exposed manually with a shutter-less camera which allows the light to flow continuously on the sensitive surface. This method focuses on the performative dimension of the act of exposure, replacing the instantaneous gesture of pressing the releaser, by a circular gesture unrolling the film continuously in front of the aperture. Borrowing from the strip-photography techniques, this manual exposure offers an opportunity to change the type of mediation and collaboration at work between the different agents involved in the construction of the image.
I developed this work during my artistic research at the Piet Zwart Institute (2018-2020), and the first iteration Abiding (2019) was selected as part of the Eye On Art 2019 program by the Eye Film Museum. It was subsequently awarded and screened in several film festivals such as Oberhausen, Jihlava, IndieLisboa, GoShort, IFFR, Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam (...). It was also used as educational material in the Department of Film and Media Arts of Yagamata University in Japan, and part of a watercolor painting exhibition "Op de Grens van Landschap en Abstractie" at KuuB Gallery in Utrecht.