It's All About Light and Death (to Joseph Plateau)
An optic danse macabre that reanimates dead animals through a play of light and generates an illusion of perpetual movement. An homage to Joseph Plateau, the inventor of the stroboscopic illusion of moving images.
A view on the relationship between the Venus-transit, an astronomical phenomenon, and the origins of moving image technology (Jules Janssens' photographic revolver, Marey's chronofotographic and the brothers Lumière's cinematograph). Starling travelled to Hawaii and Tahiti, filming the recent transit and the sites of previous observations, documenting the last transit to be recorded using 35mm technology. The next transit will take place in 2117 …
Cinema as a mirror or a metaphor for the reversal of the way we look at reality.
“An impossible film project: Buster Keaton stars in the outtakes from Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus.”
The Tiger's Mind
An abstract crime thriller set against the backdrop of a Brutalist villa. Six characters - Tiger, Mind, Tree, Wind, Circle and a girl called Amy, (the set, music, sounds, special effects, director and narration respectively)—battle one another for control of the film as it unfolds on screen. Gibson started from composer Cornelius Cardew’s 1967 narrative score The Tiger’s Mind.
A swan is completely silent during its lifetime until the moment just before death, when it sings one beautiful song. What song does a pixel sing before it fades?