Chronogram of Inexistent Time (Cronograma de un tiempo inexistente)
Chile, Canada | 35mm to digital | Multiple video and film projections | 2008
Single screen version (excerpt): vimeo.com/100182223
“A film and video installation consisting of multiple projections onto layered asymmetrical surfaces. This intricate, hybrid work is constructed from 35mm and 16mm film, as well as analogue and digital video images which have been hand-processed, re-photographed and digitally manipulated. The work examines the architectural possibilities of ephemeral images, their displacement and the traces that they leave behind – repetition, memory and time.
Szlam developed the work using a 35mm still film camera to re-photograph sequences of recognizable films while they played on a television monitor from VHS tapes. These images were composed and edited in-camera to create frameless sequences on filmstrips. This process and subsequent creation of large-scale photomontages led to a continually evolving series of images from the same source material. When projected these strips become a collage of non-linear, non-synchronized visual compositions exploring stillness and motion. The shifting angles and perspectives allow the viewer to experience space through Szlam's fragmented poetic vision.
The results of this process are projected onto a collection of protruding canvases and frames, layered and mounted at various angles on two of the conjoining walls in the gallery space. These architectural elements further fragment and modulate the projections. Coupled with this intervention in the physical space, the ephemeral quality of the projected images – their transparency, layering and repetition – suggest both loss and renewal. This malleable reconstitution of what is visible and invisible invites us to reflect on the role memory plays in our perception, the way in which we mentally reconfigure fragments to conform to our own experience and attempt to construct stability and meaning in an environment of perpetual flux.”
– Kate MacKay, Images Festival, Toronto
24th Images Festival, YYZ Gallery, Toronto, Mar. 31 – Apr. 16, 2011
WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, Oct. 2 – 15, 2010
IGNITION, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Dec. 11, 2008 – Jan. 17, 2009
Paramount Center, Boston (2014); Florida Experimental Film & Video Festival FLEX (2014); Museo de Artes Visuales MAVI, Chile (2011); Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston (2010); MassArt Film Society, Boston (2010); Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo (2010); aluCine Latin Film Media Arts Festival, Toronto (2009); Canadian Film Institute/Club SAW, Ottawa (2009); Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, (2009)