El Toro | Time Crunch | Simple Machines

El Toro

El Toro

El Toro

Time Crunch

Time Crunch

Performance of Time Crunch

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Description

El Toro—an experimental work that explores connections between the ancient ritual of Spanish bullfights, and the passion of the Christ—won the Best of Show award of the 2010 Rosebud Film & Video Festival at Artisphere, and the Experimental Media Prize of the 2011 WPA Experimental Media Series at The Phillips Collection. The music score is composed and performed by R. Luke DuBois.

Time Crunch is a visual collaboration with composer Jordan Kuspa, set to the music of his same-named score. The landscape/environmental footage came together slowly over two years of travel that included Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nevada, Russia and Denmark. Using familiar time-lapse techniques and framing movements—a multimedia combination of video footage, and still photographs in animation—it is in some sense by now a “genre piece” following the rich tradition of pioneering filmmakers like Godfrey Reggio and Ron Fricke. The intention, at the very heart of time manipulation itself, is to evince broad ruminations about our civilization, our consumption of resources, and our place in nature.

In the first half of the 20th Century, a massive diesel engine in Copenhagen, Denmark was the world’s largest. Still preserved and working, it fires up monthly. Simple Machines, as a short visual study, takes this occasion to explore the notion of human machinery. It also lays homage to communication in culture, especially our printing machines that so recently and vastly accelerated civilization. R. Luke DuBois' electronic score, much like his visual work, combines programming process and creative inspiration into an evocative, motoric result that is at once organic and digital. In this style, the film explores the deus ex machina of humanity: not just what we create, but circling back to the systems inside us, before us, and beyond us that define our existence—whether we are god or human. With a parting view of the star that sustains our lives, the sun flickers away into a Götterdämmerung, or twilight of the gods, affirming our place in Nature.

Type

experimental media, experimental video, time lapse, environmental