1. trailer by Marcella Di Palo Jost

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  2. 2006, 5:30, HDV/mini-DV/DVD, 16:9, color, stereo sound

    A woman moving in the water and the gaze of a man, both seen from beneath the water, elaborated by the vectorizing force of sound, lead the viewer toward an effervescence of feeling – a desire for merge among the knowledge of separateness.

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  3. leightonpierce.com

    An impressionistic documentary on the Piazza San Marco in Venice.

    And a poem about the video:

    THE MAKING OF PINK SOCKS

    I will claim in public
    (because it sounds like work,
    a kind of sacrifice for art),
    that I was down
    on the ground—

    --and you should have seen my shirt,
    and those little tiny feathers,
    the wings flapping at my ears,
    and the dust,
    and the smell--

    But in truth
    I appreciated,
    I put to good use,
    the 3.5”-flipout-tiltable-color-LCD screen,
    leaving me belly up
    while my Sony whined,
    belly down
    on the stone
    in the midst of the pigeoness.

    --Leighton Pierce, Mar. 2002

    Leighton Pierce bio:

    Leighton Pierce’s award-winning short films and videos have been exhibited in major art museums and film festivals throughout the world since 1980. Retrospectives of his work appeared at The Lincoln Center, The Cinémathèque française, The Musée du Cinéma in Brussels, The Montreal Film Festival, and at The Lisboa Bienal of Contemporary Art. Pierce has received many grants and fellowships including from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations and from the NEA. Currently he is exhibiting and developing multi channel video installations.

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  4. leightonpierce.com

    A small moment from a children's Halloween party is taken as material for an exploration of folded time.

    Essentially, this is a very simple piece. Two girls, dressed up for Halloween, sit on some steps then get up and run away. The action, originally shot at a slow frame rate then slowed again, is fragmented and looped, then time-slipped and layered. This originated on a digital video camera, and was digitally slowed and layered. No other digital processing was used. The delicate soundtrack was designed to serve as both a counterpoint to and an anchor for the image. The challenge , as always, was to create sounds that seemed to "come from" the image while maintaining a life of their own as compositional elements.

    Time is, in fact, what I see as my main material. THE BACK STEPS is a demonstration of that particular interests. The image loops but also progresses forward. That is fairly easy to see. However, the sound, while having looping elements, has a compositional structure that changes throughout the piece. I imagine most pieces as a series of overlain arcs, each of a different length and height and each representing a different durational element in the piece. Another way to imagine this is to think of a mechanical clock with many different internal rhythms, all of which move the hands steadily forward.

    Originally conceived as a "cinematic "projection, The Back Steps, has also been presented as a looped installation.

    Leighton Pierce’s award-winning short films and videos have been exhibited in major art museums and film festivals throughout the world since 1980. Retrospectives of his work appeared at The Lincoln Center, The Cinémathèque française, The Musée du Cinéma in Brussels, The Montreal Film Festival, and at The Lisboa Bienal of Contemporary Art. Pierce has received many grants and fellowships including from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations and from the NEA. Currently he is exhibiting and developing multi channel video installations.

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  5. SITTING
    trt:3:30
    2009-2010
    HD
    Leighton Pierce

    Incubus/Succubus
    an impressionistic journey of subjectivity as one submits one's self to an image maker
    A woman offers herself as the source of an image to a female painter. A man photographs them both. What is at stake when one submits to the gaze of another? And, what is received from that offering?

    Using fluid visceral imagery and a spacious soundtrack, this short video illuminates the consciousness of both the act representation and the act of seeing oneself represented. Pivoting on the perceptual tension between experience and understanding, Pierce traverses the realm of the “looker” and the “looked at.”

    One section of a fifteen part in-progress series titled Agency of Time.

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