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INNER CUTS

by Annette Finnsdottir last modified Mar 26, 2011 01:52 AM
Inner Cuts by Kerstin Ergenzinger Animation 2009 Digital SLR, piezoelectric microphone, paper, rubber, spit, cutter, cut mat, glass, mirror, screen-capture and editing software.
One question gave birth to the next and for me making a piece for the Noisewomb edition of Netfilmmakers became a constant back-and-forth between questioning, framing a rule, taking an action, cutting and re-cutting.

Bewildered and fascinated by Aryan´s theme and notion Noisewomb and his link to Rilkes contemplation about his first experience with an experimental setup of a phonograph I rediscovered Rilkes Ur-Geräusch via the English translation.

As point of departure I asked myself how does something look like in difference to how it sounds? An acoustic action and its representations (visual, tactile etc.) are intrinsically tied to each other by their nature. But their meanings reveal to be independent, blueprints for our associations and mental constructions.

Where does noise come from? How does a certain act sound? How does it look like? How does it feel? What traces are to be observed and will we be able to reconstruct the incident from what is remaining? Is this noise or a signal, a sign or nothing? If we are only able to interpret in relation to something else, does everything depend on our constructions? Is a netfilm a film in the net, a film about the net? Just moving images, a piece of online art or an online piece of art? May this mean it is something the observer is generally facing on the screen of his or her personal computer? Then how does it feel like to watch a piece of art online? Is it an intimate experience? Is it intimate even if available for anybody 24h a day, depending on server and online access? What does it mean to sit in front of a screen, watching, reading, listening, typing, editing, programming, designing? What does opposing a screen make with us? Bodily? Mentally? How is this screen like? What kind of surface is it? Is it flat, is it really flat? Is there something beneath it? Is it a surface above an inside? If yes what would this be? Is it the machine? Is it the information? Is it the code, the algorithm or its representation? Is it what we want it to be? Our counterpart? Is it a layer upon a layer upon a layer?... At least for this fly in the dark my TFT screen is cozy, warm and bright, in the moment definitely the best whereabouts.

Some rules Setup: a digital SLR face to face with white paper above black paper above a cut mat. On the cut map fix a piezoelectric microphone, under the cut map place a table with a cut-out, beneath the...

Task: destroy the paper starting by cutting a) vertically, b) horizontally, c) diagonally, to thin the paper use rubber, to take away the crumbs use your hand and your spit, take as many pictures as possible and record the sound of all actions with a contact microphone.

One aim is nothing shall remain, but the cut mat and I wanted to peep through it as well.

Allow yourself: to follow the unfolding phenomena
to break the rules
to vary and experiment

Analyze and organize the imagery and sound independently. Find a way to reconnect and spread it out on the screen and the built-in speakers of a personal computer.

The result: Inner Cuts is an animation Inner Cuts is about the surface. It is about choosing an action and a direction to delete one surface to reach the next. Inner Cuts are tactile gestures and their acoustic traces meant to be sensed digitized by crawling back into the personal computers, those engines they have been fed in and cut a second time. Their mouth are the speakers, the screen is their face.

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