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Multiscreen Water Nymph

by Videographic Criticism

Videographic work allows multiple sources to "talk to one another," so with this exercise, we asked participants to use a multi-screen process to construct a ‘response’ to one of the exercises produced by another member of the workshop. That is, they were to use their chosen film and integrate it with clips from one or more exercises produced by other participants.

Vicki Callahan built on Tracy Cox-Stanton’s earlier exercise on voice-over, using the close- up of Catherine Deneuve and intercutting first with images and dialogue from Kristen Warner’s selected film, Imitation of Life, and then with her own, The Water Nymph (Mack Sennett, U.S.A.), a 1912 silent short comedy featuring Mabel Normand. Here, the voice- over registers not as internal monologue (as it did in Tracy’s original piece), but as a recollected dialogue; and in combination with the images, the video evokes a present sadness, a past happiness and the perhaps misguided attempts to recover it. It is notable that Vicki’s source film was quite challenging to work with, given its short eight-minute running time and lack of sound beyond music, and thus her exercises were far more limited in options to draw upon than the other participants’ films.

Water Nymph Multiscreen

A Multiscreen exercise on The Water Nymph

from The Water Nymph (2015)
Creator: Vicki Callahan
Posted by Videographic Criticism
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