2013, S-16mm transferred to High Definition
33 minutes, color/sound, performance, objects
Winter is a film installation of multiple tenses—shot in the recent past, depicting an unknown future, unfolding (and changing) in the present of the exhibition. Shot in the white-washed homes of New Zealand architect Ian Athfield, including his own communal compound high above Wellington harbor, the film suggests various temporal and cultural conditions of instability, hinting at concerns of global warming and nuclear accidents, pushing at the boundaries of science fiction, stripped of narrative explication and causal explanation.
Collapsing distinctions between production and post-production in cinema, and the spaces of artistic production, spectatorship and performance, an exhibition of Winter becomes, for the duration of its showing, a space of live performance. The sound track is performed live in the gallery, and changes daily. The exhibition space—in addition to the looping projection of the film—includes a voice-over booth for narration & dialogue over-dubbing, an area for musical performance and sound effects technicians, and a mixing table. Performances alternate between passages of music, appropriated film score, laptop electronic sound, voice-over texts and ADR dialogue on a timed schedule.
The experience of viewing the film varies entirely from visit to visit, performance to performance, with a different musical score, live performance, or actor performing a voice-over. The film’s narrative connotations are mutable and speculative.