Unvanishing

Unvanishing was screened in a live performance with The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s core wind quintet in Surround Sound, a joint project with Paved Arts, in March 2013.

Inspired by the richly layered musical variations in Jennifer Butler’s composition Seedlings, a layered echo, reminiscent of Norman McLaren’s famous dance film Pas de deux, is applied to video of a Yellowlegs Sandpiper on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. The resulting “Pas seul” implicates A. M. Lippit’s observation that modernity sustains the disappearance of animals as a constant state of perpetual vanishing, and more specifically in the cinema as spectral.

Unvanishing Still 01

Unvanishing Still 01

Unvanishing Still

Unvanishing Still

 

Unvanishing excerpt from Terry Billings on Vimeo.