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LA CONCHITA PARADISE
VIDEO FROM LA CONCHITA PROJECT
LA CONCHITA N=AMOUR [single channel] 2005-08
VIDEO DOCUMENTATION OF INSTALLATION | 00:19 | 1.1Mb
La Conchita N=amour reflects on the debris site as a place of N. The place of N is the place of love.  N is a placeholder. The video image implies a space below or outside the image. The video is a metonym for presence below the level of the mudslide. The video and microsound montage 'breathe' in repeating cycles, that slowly persevere. The sound montage is aphasic. For this HD version, I used the animation footage that I had created at Experimental Television Center in late 2005. The Jones Sequencer, a linear destructive editing tool from the late seventies, gave its own semi-random sequencing to 10 hours of tape, from which I selected one and a half hours of video footage in which the machine-montage had an especially psychotic tinge. The strangeness of this tape was that it had an airless quality, a claustrophobia. I felt it could be a metaphor for the relentlessness of the debris flow threat at La Conchita: you can’t get away from it, and it will come again. So the animation/composition challenge was to edit the ‘airless’ psycho footage so that it would both carry the sense of recurrence, nightmare visitation, and airlessness; but also that I as the human editor could cut into this footage and make a kind of air or breathing space. So I designed a grid of the psycho animation footage, to map a topography of the N-place (nowhere). Over this I layered paint-like transparent masks that derive from the ETC footage. As a structural strategy, the grid refers to the cyclical coordinates of the site (inevitable return of the debris flow). The masks import amnesia into the montage, as partial erasures. The gaps between these elements are the breath-spaces or volumes of aphasic, perseverant ‘speech’. Or almost-speech, breathing on the outside of the space of N.

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HD video 1920 x 1080 pixels. Audio 48 khz

34 minute loop