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Nature Morte - Installation version as part of the exhibition "Granular: The Material Properties of Noise"

Nature Morte - Installation version as part of the exhibition "Granular: The Material Properties of Noise"

Hobbs, James (2018) Nature Morte - Installation version as part of the exhibition "Granular: The Material Properties of Noise". [Show/Exhibition]

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Nature Morte, (Installation Version) 16mm B & W film with optical sound (transferred to digital), monitors, speakers, amplifier, lighting, vases, and flowers, dimensions variable.

Nature Morte is a suite of 16mm films composed of different floral arrangements, whereby the subject matter also transforms into a source of sound. Looking back towards Robert Mapplethorpe’s early flower photographs, Hobbs takes on board the ideas that the flowers represented here are simultaneously life and death – and as such have a frequency that hums with tension. With a focused and durational gaze, each “still life” explores the visual beauty of a staged composition, while at the same time searching for moments within the frame that utilize the optical soundtrack on the film’s surface to create sonic equivalents. The minutia of filmic marks is expelled as alien noises, and when combined together, form a chorus to supplement the images. Stacked TV monitors, hanging lights and perched vases with fresh flowers, act as a totemic shrine bringing the films’ subject into our own materiality. Within the films, beauty is preserved in a state of timeless perfection; outside of the films, the physical flowers’ organic matter is slowly disintegrating to a lullaby of optical noise.

This work was exhibited in the exhibition "Granular: The Material Properties of Noise", which explored granular noise as a condition of material transfer. The exhibition was accompanied by a published catalogue.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: This work has been reconfigured as a sculptural installation utilising the original 16mm film "Nature Morte". The work builds upon the success of the original film and its exhibition history, and puts forward a new output which explores the physicality of space alongside the content of the moving image.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 16mm film, Multimedia, Installation, Sculpture Sound, Image, Mapplethorpe, Beauty, Death, Expanded cinema, Hobbs
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 01 May 2020 12:19

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