Abidings are short experimental films I developed during my artisitc research at the Piet Zwart Institute. The first iteration was selected as part of the Eye On Art 2019 program by the Eye Film Museum and subsequently awarded and screened in several film festivals. It is available via Eye Film Museum, Doc Alliance Films. In 2021, I added four new films to the series (unreleased), for which I used an improve digitization and animation process.
Abidings are hybrids, each made of a single 35mm color photograph, scanned and digitally animated. They are exposed manually with a shutter-less camera which allows the light to flow continuously on the sensitive surface. This particular method focuses on the performative dimension of the act of exposure. The instantaneous gestures - usually performed by pressing the releaser - are abandoned here for a circular gesture which unrolled the film continuously in front of the aperture. This action - which derived from the strip-photography technique - offers an opportunity to change the type of mediation and collaboration at work between the different agents involved in the construction of the image.
On a technical level, this assimilation of frames is pertinent to describe the illusion of continuity produced by the strip-photography technique. On a metaphorical level, assimilation sends us back into imaginaries ruled by the dynamics of waters and fluids. This particular practice offered me an entry point for thinking about the various material and conceptual strategies that humans develop in regard to processes of flow and change. The powerful discourse on fixity and representation established through dominant practices of photography are fascinating examples of such strategies. By disabling the shutter and letting the light flowing continuously, this practice puts in perspective the historical relation between control, image and truth implemented within photography's representational paradigm.