St Bathans repetitions 1/2/16 - 21/3/16 (portraits de Jacques à St Bathans, avec interlude de paysages, sur écran translucide)
The former gold mining town of St Bathans lies deep in the heart of the Maniototo in New Zealand's Otago region. It’s most prominent feature is the Blue Lake, a small turquoise body of water formed by the artificial process of gold-sluicing in the late 19th century. Over three months in early 2016 while on a CIRCUIT residency, Canadian experimental filmmaker Alexandre Larose made a series of film works exploring St Bathans’ scenic environs and the domestic spaces of an iconic original mud-brick house. The selected spaces were then subject to intense image manipulation through in-camera techniques, suggesting slippages in time and place.
A single channel video/audio installation for translucent screen, St Bathans repetitions 1/2/16 - 21/3/16 (portraits de Jacques à St Bathans, avec interlude de paysages, sur écran translucide) is an ethereal record of the environs of St Bathans. The landscape is often inhabited by the artists father who moves through interiors, his movements tracked and traced in heavy layers of time and place. Paired to an experimental soundtrack of ambient sound the resulting work is an enveloping and textured record of an encounter with a foreign landscape. A number of screenings of the film have recently been realised at venues including the New York Film Festival.
Watch the trailer here - http://www.circuit.org.nz/film/trailer-st-bathans-repetitions-1216-21316
The Audio Foundation, Auckland 30 Nov - 20 Dec 2017 (as part of PULSE / REPEAT curated by Priscilla Howe)
Previous Installations / Screenings
The Gym, (Christchurch Free Theatre), 22-26 August 2017 (as part of the 2017 CIRCUIT Symposium / Artist Week)
New York Film Festival (October 2017)
Media City Film Festival, Windsor CA (August 2017)
Austrian Film Museum, Vienna (June 2017)
Eastern Bloc Gallery, Montréal (April 2017)
The Young, Wellington (August 2016)