Sunset Coda

2006 | 00:03:30 | Japan / United States | English / Japanese | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Family, Language

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After the shrieks and howls of Hymn of Reckoning, I felt that I needed to close out the Oto trilogy with a gentle flashback, to a 1980s sunset beach on a tropical island. The bulk of this video’s work was in animating the speech-bubbles so that they’d blend in with the VHS scene. Playing the scene once and ending the piece felt too fast and fleeting, and I feared that nuances in the conversation would be lost, so I approached it like a verse in a simple, one-part song: I repeated it once again, with just the slightest modifications to its sonic textures.

My brother translated and helped me to phonetically spell out my mother’s Japanese for this video’s subtitles.

This video is part of the Oto Trilogy and is also avaliable on Kent Lambert Videoworks: Volume 1

Exhibitions + Festivals

Conversations At The Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, September 2010

PSYMULATION: Reenactments of the Present, curated by Chris Fitzpatrick, Hamburger

Eyes Photo Epicenter, San Francisco, March-April 2008

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2008

Enduring Ends: A Film and Video Program for End Times, curated by Colin Palombi, Butcher Shop, Chicago, January 2008

Chicago Underground Film Festival, August 2007

MonkeyTown Semiannual, Brooklyn, NY, July 2007

Eye & Ear Clinic, Chicago, December 2006