ON FILM - Probings into Analogue Cinema by Sami van Ingen



This selection of 35 mm analogue films represent my fairly rigorous attempts to explore analogue cinema as a possibility for artistic expression—using home movies, found footage and obscure home-grown technologies. The making of these films was governed by coincidences, the unforgiving nature of the analogue film medium as well as ideas of recycling culture and technology. All of these four films are sort of regenerative processes or re-examinations made in the last moments when cinemas still used analogue film as the medium of presentation.

40’ | 35 mm | Color - B&W | Stereo

2004

Screening format: 35 mm

Finland

Fokus

Fokus is a stirring viewing experience. It is based on an extremely minimal visual form: contrasts, textures and glowing colors. Its visual language consists of highly magnified and slowed images. Surface of the film material, the film grain and other anomalies function as integral parts of the whole. Van Ingen’s rigorous structuralist methods have produced beautiful, emotionally touching and many-layered results. Fokus is as close to the art of painting as cinema can possibly strive to be. <br /> (Mika Taanila).

8’ | 35 mm | Color | Stereo

2007

Screening format: 35 mm

Finland

Deep Six

Deep Six has three starting points: a little narrative re-edited from a Hollywood B-film (The Rage, 1998), an attempt to use the color photocopy as a cinematic aesthetic and to explore the frame line as a dynamic visual element.

5’ | 35 mm | Color | Stereo

2006

Screening format: 35 mm

Finland

The Sequent of Hanna Ave

The Sequence of Hanna Ave is the result of my reworkings of some experimental film practices and my enquiries into the phenomena of the movement-illusionism in the film form. By combining found footage, hand processing and hi-end digital technology, I attempt to elevate a few mundane gestures into a new perceptible wholeness, and give some little fingers and an audio cassette all the attention, grace and drama they deserve.

8’ | 35 mm | Color | Stereo

2008

Screening format: 35 mm

Finland

Exactly

Exactly is some re-arranged found footage with its original sound track re-united. By omitting just the name of the protagonist I have turned this recycled strip of film (cut for recycling purposes from a 35 mm screening print into a 16 mm leader by an unanimous lab years ago—thus the undulation of images) into three meditations on the international market economy.

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