To the Inland Ocean

(2014, 4:30 minutes, HD, Color/BW, Stereo)

A visual poem and a paradoxical still-life for motion pictures. The video is divided into two parts, representing different ways of looking. The time-lapse photography in the first part involves a meditation on one of cinema’s oldest characters, the shadow. While the camera remains stationary, the whole earth moves: the shadow (darkness) thus reveals a once-heretical proposition about the sun (light). The shadow figured prominently in German Expressionist cinema as a psychological metaphor, in the Hollywood film noir genre, and the Chinese word for “cinema” literally translates as “electric shadows” (in reference to the manner in which the emulsion in celluloid film produces projected images). The second part is shot with a PXL2000 toy camera. The title is a reference to Lake Michigan — taken as symbolic — which is depicted in the second half of the video (in umbris idearum).

Screenings of To the Inland Ocean