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Misty Boundaries Fades And Disolves

James Richards

UK, 2009
4 minutes, Colour, Sound, 4:3
Original format: Quicktime File
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

The film consists of a sequence of brief vignettes: a puff of steam, a hand being held, soap bubbles superimposed with other hands, a blizzard…Misty Boundaries Fades and Dissolves is part of a suite of three short video collages (with Misty Boundaries Has Left The Room and Screensaver) meditating on love, concentration and loneliness. They can be screened as a series or shown as individual fragments.Richards uses the accumulation and reassembly of imagery as a devotional and elegiac process; the archetypes of the mixtape and of the souvenir create and demonstrate the obsession of the fan, the transformation of the mass archive into a personal one. He proposes an arena of subjectivity distinct from the one bounded by commerce and the media, and in so doing redefines processes of making and showing.