Poem and voice by Matt Hetherington. Music by Masonik. Hand-processed film footage from Mono No Aware. Video by Marie Craven.
Matt Hetherington: youtube.com/user/TheMattheth
Mono No Aware: vimeo.com/mononoaware
Marie Craven: pixieguts.com
Artist Film Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, 2018:
Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Festival, Ireland 2018
'Light Ghazal' is a third video collaboration with poet, Matt Hetherington. From across the world, Dave Bonta put us in email contact for the first of these, 'Orphanage'. Since then Matt, who lives not all that far from me here in Australia, has been travelling across the border between NSW and Queensland to meet and collaborate in person.
This process resulted in the second piece, 'Everything sleeps but the night', and now this latest. It's kind of radical for me to collaborate in the flesh, as most of my collaborations for the past decade, video and music alike, have been net-based. I welcome this development in my material world.
For the soundtrack I selected 'Inna Sky' from the 'Sutol' album by Fremantle-based Masonik, whose sounds I have also worked with before in my poetry videos.
The source footage for the image stream is from Mono No Aware in New York, whose films are available on Creative Commons remix licences at Vimeo. I selected the sections of footage most fitting for this new video and created two layers on top of each other. This was so I could add dimensionality and fx to bring out the hand-processed film textures, as well as bring into sharper presence the ghostly, underlying images on the original film.
I love hand-processed film. It seems to emphasise the direct chemical expression of light hitting celluloid, and focus viewers on the materiality of that process. Thus the footage seemed especially relevant to the poem here, which is all about light.
Juteback Poetry Film Festival, USA 2018