16mm, Kodak 7266 Tri-X Reversal Film
In Cuts and Shifts - after Potteau, portraits from a series of ethnographic photographs collected by French anthropologist Jacques Philippe Potteau at the Museum de Paris between 1855-1869 are manipulated by digital cuts and shifts. The cuts are randomly chosen in the image and then displaced so that actual shifts in the image occur. Each state of the shifts is filmed with a 16mm camera. So doing, the image fragments move quickly around, subjecting each portrait to chaos and coincidence, thereby deconstructing the scientific study, which intends to “measure” the identity of a person by optical characteristics.
In collaboration with Susan Gilman and the Tozzer Library of the Harvard University Archives