It Goes Without Saying

  • Lab
    • Autre / Other
  • Production year 2021
  • Production format 16 mm
  • Screening format 16 mm
  • Duration 30′
  • It Goes Without Saying

  • a Performance
  • by Greg Pope
  • Description (english) It Goes Without Saying is a film/sound/performance piece based on a text/poem of the same title. Images in colour and B+W are super-imposed from two 16mm projectors: One projector plays a 5 minute colour film (colour reversal) where we see bright colour fields being painted onto paper and ‘it goes without saying’ written in ink on the colours…this film is played forwards and backwards, continually being re-threaded – sometimes the writing is taken away by the brush, sometimes the writing is upside down, sometimes the colour is being taken away and sometimes painted in. Note – the double perforated nature of this film allows it to be transported from head to tail, or tail to head… The second projector screens a series of 3 minute actions separated by 1 minute black sections. The actions are all variations of writing on various surfaces on rock (with carcoal) on paper, in negative and in revealed invisible writing (using white wax and black ink). Some sections are also re-prints from the colour reversal material. During the performance these two superimposed projections create a flow of repeating actions creating and uncreating, writing and erasure, colour and blackness. The piece starts with a reading of the complete poem/text from in front of the screen, and afterwards the sound is created live by the performer through manipulation of a hand cranked cassette machine and a second cassette machine along with the contact mics, guitar pick ups and percussive stones, all through a mixer linked to the sound system.
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