Using a unique editorial process that affects both the video and audio tracks, this short film is an exploration of hyper-manipulated time and the inadvertent layering of history. On a formal level, time and an artificial sense of memory are continually adjusted and warped through the rapid interplay of forward and reverse playback looping. The content parallels this technical approach, as the piece is composed of antique promotional film footage of several Lincoln-related historical sites in the American Midwest. Most of those sites are actually period replicas, which eventually developed their own authentic history, alongside the 80-year-old footage used in the film.
The soundtrack of the film was composed by the Fossil Aerosol Mining Project. Using the looped audio from a rough cut of the manipulated video footage, Fossil Aerosol recomposed selected fragments using their own time-compression techniques, creating a 15-minute, freestanding composition. Portions of that composition were then used in the final cut of the film, which also reintroduced real-time, looped elements from the footage.
Together, the elements of 'Some Historical Shrines of 1934' create a dense layering of heavily manipulated movement and sound, resulting in a lyrical consideration of the subjective past tense.