In 1914, a man abandoned his horse and escaped the impending disaster that loomed overhead. Man, horse and barn. They are all either dead or destroyed. But they live forever.
Depending on your age, the word carbon could hold a special meaning. “Carbon dating” in archeology, “carbon life forms” in 1960’s science fiction and most recently, the “carbon footprint.” referring to our use of fossil fuel consumption. When I was growing up, the “carbon copy” was the only tool we had to print and distribute written material. It was often clumsy, messy and unreliable. What If I could copy a film loop like a 1960’s Gestetner copier?
I have always been interested in traditional forms of mechanical reproduction in photography and film, so I created Carbon Copies as a film photogram. Each frame was uniquely exposed as if it were the product of a mimeograph machine lacking the proper amount of carbon paper. As a result, a repetitive loop became a succession of individual portraits – pulsating and vibrating - defined by the duration of the movement within the frame. This is a silent film.