“Dresden Dynamo was made without a camera or any audio recording. The image was printed on the soundtrack area of the film itself; the projector reads the sound in response to the changing intervals of light. In this sense, Dresden Dynamo is a composition in noise, a form of visual notation. The film makes a material connection between seeing and hearing, with no space for artifice between the sound and the image. What is heard is seen and what is seen is heard. One symbolic order created the other. The film is the score is the sound.” (Lis Rhodes)
Hang on a Minute: No. 8 Bus
Hang on a Minute: Goose and Common
“Hang on a Minute, a series of 13 one-minute films were made with Jo Davis for Channel 4, to be shown between programmes. The intention was that they would be broadcast amongst the advertisements, but only six films were shown. Later, we learned that they had been referred to the legal department.” (Lis Rhodes)
In 1985 as part of research into the state of drinking water supplies, Lis Rhodes and Mary Pat Leece visited West Virginia where open cast mining had polluted the water sources. While there they met Pope Barford, in Raleigh, and having talked about the devastating effects of open cast mining he began telling them of another major problem — that of migrant farmworkers. “I mean why is there slavery — why are people held against their will — if there’s not something ... Without the illegals ... and without the migrants in general their system — it really does collapse. Like most systems it has a rational explanation for its existence ... They’ve got to have that cheap labour — you’ve got to have a pool of quiet cheap workers. Thirty odd years ago, the farms were not that large. The farmers were white. They were armed.” Minimal photographs were taken because of endangering the migrants further.
Dissonance and Disturbance
A mural drawn out of three earlier films: A Cold Draft (1988), In the Kettle (2010-12) and Whitehall (2012). In the 24 years between the films — inequity has widened the rift of inequality. The mural does not actually exist without the figures in Whitehall with the intention to resist the privatization of the public. The public assets have been taken and sold — student fees have been imposed — the Education Maintenance abolished in England. The resistance to inequity is echoed in many countries in 2011 — uprisings to the violence of “austerity” that has been demanded by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.