2015 | 00:27:44 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Art History, Death and Dying, Documentation, Film or Videomaking, Film Theory, History, Media Analysis, Time

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Big_Sleep™ explores problems in our archival urges. Via a single-channel desktop screencast, informatic elements ebb and flow—creating and relating interface absences. These gaps suggest that no amount of hard drive space can defy mortality. The only way to fully prepare our media for the future is to prepare ourselves for a future apart. The piece presents material from the late William Birch, one of the most important Fox Movietone cinematographers. Examining his now-decaying body of work—we find an argument for access in the present, not cold storage for a potential future. Digital migrations of these early films are often met with limited, temporary success. Looking into the future, one might see a canon of obsolesce. Looking further, one might not see anything at all.

Music by Ben Babbitt, Sound with Paul Hill, Editing with Mike Olenick

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

Prizes + Awards

The University of South Carolina Creative & Performing Arts Provost’s Grant

The Wexner Center for the Arts Video Production Studio Residency

NSF Funded Partnership with Oak Ridge National Lab

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