Cinema is a device driven by phantoms haunting the screen and Moving Shadows, Vanishing Light reawakens the old into a new narrative and a digital realm.
The viewer’s presence creates a ghostly twin in which they control another. There is a doubling between the screen and the body. They exist in two realities, the real and the virtual. As they move, the spectres fade in and out of existence.
The challenge that artists face is how to integrate today’s mediums into new formulas and experiences. This, as with early cinema, will only come to fruition by experimentation. At times this may be misplaced and seen as ‘primitive mistakes’ but what will develop will be fluid levels of interactivity and engagement. If we look at cinema with new eyes of what it may become the boundaries of the screen may blur and be replaced by a cinematic experience in which viewers are assimilated as ghosts in the machine.
My concerns, rather than the death of the cinematic image, are the expansion of digital technologies and the journeys we could possibly take. I look forward to the adventure.