"A Seance to Ressurect Film: An Installation" was a month long collaborative, experimental film project created by Jessica Renzelman and Jeffrey Hsueh with the supervision of Bryan Papciak.
The main objective of our project was to use what is inherent only to film as a material, in order to prove that film is still a relevant and valid medium, therefore resurrecting it. We constructed an installation that immersed the viewers in our exploration of the basic elements of film and projection.
For example, the film ceiling is an interactive, suspended piece where dozens of film strips were manipulated and essembled onto a large sheet of plexiglass. The ceiling is illuminated by multiple lights in which the translucent images from the film strips are projected onto the surroundings below. Without the lights, the film appears disgusting, dead and mutilated. However, with the lights turned on, the film comes alive, symbolizing the resurrection of the medium and also literally displaying one of the key elements of projection: light. The viewer is given various lenses to attempt focusing onto the projected images on the floor (as shown above). Simultaniously, the viewer is able to swing the suspended lights via pulley which moves the projections in many directions, causing the viewer to feel overwhelmed and disoriented.
Across from the suspended piece, stills from the film ceiling were projected onto the wall to not only display the beautiful detail from manilupated film on a much larger scale, but also to impose the painterly patterns onto the viewer. Adjacent to the stills, a manipulated, found-footage film was displayed to show what experimented film looks like in motion. The film was so heavily experimented on that the imagery of giving birth and early childhood appears only briefly admist film manipulated with a variety of bleach, inks, and other various mediums.