“Abyss Film presents five found footage works that in different ways speak to the impossibility of cinema’s desire to show the ‘whole world’. Speaking of the breadth of possibility made visible by moving image, these works allow themselves to fall into the vertiginous pleasure of unknowing, of uncomprehending, of looking into an abyss.” – James Richards
Selected for the festival by guest artist James Richards, this programme features works by Bruce Conner, Ken Jacobs, and the exclusive opportunity to view James Richards’s recent collaborative work with Leslie Thornton, Crossing (2016). Conceived as an exquisite corpse, Crossing merges the parallel themes of science, nature and media into a glut of sound and image.
Leslie Thornton They were just People (2016) HD Video / 10 min
Bruce Conner Take the 5:10 to dreamland (1977) 16mm transfer to HD / 5 min
Ken Jacobs Perfect Film (1986) 16mm transfer to HD / 22 min
Bruce Conner His Eye Is On The Sparrow (2006) VHS transfer / 4 min
James Richards & Leslie Thornton Crossing (2016) HD Video / 19 min
Run time: 60 minutes
This film is screening as part of the IFI & Plastik Festival of Artists Moving Image (March 24th – 26th) in association with the IFI, Lux and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.