Stains and Scratches, 2017
Single channel 3D HD video film, (16:9)
Duration 8 min
Edition 5 (+ 2 A.P.)
Film reel and its material qualities are inseparable from an image it carries. Digitally scanned file is twofold in its nature: it exists both as a visual image and as the surface of a chemically developed analogue film.
Polarity between physical marks on celluloid and photographic image that it supports was an inspiration to create a stereoscopic sculptural illusion, titled “Stains and Scratches”. A freshly pressed double LP of rock opera “Jesus Christ Super Star” got through to the underground scene of Vilnius. Score of the opera was re-written by ear upon hearing the record. The musical was staged at the Vilnius Art Institute on 25th of December 1971. One more performance was played a few months later at the Engineering Institute. Both events were filmed on Super 8mm film. Digitalisation of this silent b&w footage, turning it into 3D projection is an attempt to imagine a time of conflicting gestures. Essential political aspirations mix up with raving youthful joy of self-expression in the period of informational regulation and stillness.