I mine the content of specific objects and examine pre-cinematic mechanisms in an attempt to create a cinematic experience of ‘aura’. In The Kingdom of Back (2016), I used a single piano for both material and narrative content. Its music and sculpture use the piano’s physical character to build a myth from its location in place and time. The Flying Fish III is an apparatus inspired by the first moving image devices: the Zoopraxiscope and projecting Phenakistoscope. In an effort to create a physically unique form of film, I look at moments in history when films were also handmade, singular, things.

Annalisa Barron