(Adapted Mini DV HD Camera, Spotlight, Blind Contacts, Black Dress, Black Paint, Black Nails, 9mins)
as part of Modern Edinburgh Film School.
'Green Screen' at Embassy Gallery 15-21 March 2013
Filmed in one take at the Citizens Theatre/Helmsdale
Taking heed from the ‘blinding light’ of SONNE. I take this point of no sight and expand on its force. BLACKCAT is a filmed performance of an appropriated and fragmented version of David Bowie’s Cat People. The starting point of this is from the theme of Alex Hetherington’s Modern Edinburgh Film School: ‘The Hand That Holds the Desert Down,’ an image by Trisha Donnelly of the Sphinx. I use its esoteric femininity to create BLACKCAT as a visual presentation of vocal and cosmic noise as form, presented as a dispersed engagement between myself as ‘blind ‘ performer and you as a viewer. Filmed solely by myself, I wear theatrical white blind contacts to erase my sight. Blinded and struck for a moment, this ‘illuminated singer’ no longer discerns the limits of the room. I become at once trapped in darkness and light.
With use of a vocal processor pedal and a Dronology soundtrack of radiowaves converted from a point offset the planet Saturn. I use this intense link of the ‘interior and exterior’ to re-investigate the words of Cat People as metaphor for the Sphinx.
filmed, edited and performed by Michelle Hannah.