Program 5: Persistent Analogues
Q&A with Andrew Norman Wilson and Steve Reinke on October 5
Kodak by Andrew Norman Wilson
World Premiere, USA, 2018, 35m
A semi-biographical fiction inspired by his father’s work at one of Kodak’s first processing labs, Wilson’s speculative gloss on the evolution of photochemical science entwines multiple perspectives and personas. Co-written by James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Kodak imagines a dialogue between a blind, mentally unstable former film technician and George Eastman himself, recordings of whom play out over a procession of photographs, home video footage, vintage Kodak ads, and animations.
What Weakens the Flesh Is the Flesh Itself by Steve Reinke and James Richards
U.S. Premiere, Wales/Germany/USA/Canada, 2017, 40m
The second collaborative work by Steve Reinke and James Richards begins as an intimate look at the autoerotic photography of Albrecht Becker, an artist imprisoned by the Nazis for homosexual behavior. Soundtracked by a mix of free jazz percussion, acoustic balladry, and droning synth patches, the work blossoms into a meditation on masculinity and the relationship between the human form and its persistent analogues, forever preserved in archives.