Benjamin Lord

Most of the material in Remote Sensing–Silent Disc is from someone else's abandoned project, a series of still exposures of a beach scene made on 35mm motion picture film. I found the film purely by chance, scratched and discolored, in the bottom of a cardboard box at the dump. I don't know where it was photographed, who made it, or why it was thrown out. At the time, I filed the film away for curiosity's sake but basically forgot about it. Years later, I reapproached it, partly as an act of preservation.

The shore is a zone of arrival and departure, of evolution, and also of burial. The sequence of the shoreline images describes several natural cycles at once: the passage of a day, the lunar tides, and the annual seasons. The jerky, glitchlike rhythms of the sequenced stills, like those of an old TV weather-map, suggest a compromised transmission signal. Interposed between each sequence are photographs of a luminous blue glass disc, suggesting both a summation and a disturbance of these cycles.

Remote Sensing–Silent Disc was originally realized in 2002 for CD-ROM playback on a high-definition computer monitor. It was remastered as a conventional 16:9 high definition video in 2008.

8 minutes. Edition of ten Blu-ray copies.

(Please note that the clip of the video included on this page is black for the first several seconds.)

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