Pagh, Barbara [faculty advisor, Department of Art]




experimental; Chrysalis; film; video


“It became abstract and sensory. Time, unable to cease, produced movement and auditory vibration. As it passed, it petrified instantly into a sheltered state of development” Perpetual motion is the constant pull behind everything that is done. Time does not cease when something is placed inside this context. As motion inevitably circulates, the physical and mental form changes through experience. Chrysalis is an experimental film that concentrates on rhythm, creating a mechanical process out of movement. The objects and figures in the film portray boundless altitude and continuous motion through repetitive behavior. The actors float, jump, swim, run, spin and dance alongside objects that bounce, fall, break, slide and rotate. The musical composition enhances each form, synchronizing sound and visual into one pulse. Effects are added to further enhance the senses. The footage slows down to emphasize a specific gesture or speeds up to glimpse at another. The footage is also reversed, rotated, stopped and layered to create visual tension. Water is the primary element in the film because one becomes boundless as a form when immersed in it. Water also distorts form because of the opacity and density, which is seen through distorted reflection and loss of gravity. Sound becomes distant and faded, another part of the past preserved forever.