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The film was made in 2012 in collaboration with Ross Little. Shot on video and 16mm film and exhibited at Collective, Edinburgh.

you cannot say, or guess,
for you know only a heap of broken images.
T.S. Eliot The Wasteland

The extract from The Wasteland could describe living in a society highly saturated with images. Our film, X-~`±§±+^X, with its unpronounceable title, is a response to a social paralysis that comes from the superabundance of images. X-~`±§±+^X, is based on a close study of four source films translated into new situations. By studying and copying the cinematic structure of other films intently, we try to replace the content of the source with a different visual content. The project is preoccupied with the distance between the camera and the subject/object that comprises the content.

The locations used do not bare specific links with the source films, however they were chosen for their ability to act as a carrier for the soundtrack and camera movement. The empty spaces don't indulge anything. The first part was taken from Lynch's Inland Empire and was made in an empty car park. The second part from Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was filmed in an empty indoor bowling green in a Glasgow sports centre. The third part, based on Paragjanov's The Colour of Pomegranates was filmed in an explosives testing site, where the countryside is reproduced with man-made grassy dunes. The final, focuses on Fellini's Giulietta Degli Spiriti and was shot around the facade of a ruined building in Havana.




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