I am thrilled to announce my newest film collaboration with Shona Masarin. Shona is a New York City based Australian film artist whose work involves the physical, alchemical, and sculptural manipulation of found images and materials to create abstract animations. We met for the first time this fall and now are plunging ahead with our first ever film collaboration. Yes folks, film not video, on 16 mm black and white film stock! We are so excited for you to get involved, learn about what we are creating, and help us make this project a reality!
Our film invokes the spaces of Vaudeville through a Dada/Surrealist eye. These worlds share aspects of humor, oddity, and slapstick. Through a conjuring of these forms, we want to bridge the divide between “art” and “entertainment” by creating a new visual language that combines these aesthetics, summoning new possibilities of magic, humor, pathos, and ephemerality.
Inspired by ghost towns, silent era clown films, voguing, slapstick, and eccentric dance, the ghosted figures in Ghost line conjure a vaudevillian past as traces – remnants; as if rising from the dust, transmitting signals of light and shadow.
Our film will not attempt to represent any of these forms or histories, but instead summon them through a practice of imagining. The filmic space will be amorphous and mysterious, with the ability to mimic our shapeshifting character’s visual and kinetic rhythms. Using the body and the anatomy of the film strip as the physical testing site for these multiple identities, we will use a practice of “ghosting” the past to contact the depths of our historical collective unconscious.
Bringing these images out from under the dust requires currency! We are looking forward to exploring the depth of what we can visually conjure. And what you can help us conjure!
Let us tell you a little bit more about this project:
Ghost line is a 16mm b&w experimental film and a collaboration between performer/choreographer, Cori Olinghouse and experimental filmmaker, Shona Masarin. The film plays with abstract patterns, rhythms, and alchemical techniques to conjure a lost world. It begins with a vaudevillian preparing to perform for a nonexistent audience. We find ourselves in an old theater, shut down and eroding - vaudeville has been long forgotten - a relic of the past. A ghosted character conjures a series of vaudevillian line drawings. Summoning this lost history through a non-sequitur channeling of multiple characters and personalities, we imagine "lines" of history on a fragile emulsion.
Cori Olinghouse is a New York-based choreographer, teacher, and archivist whose work explores the shapeshifting capacities of the body in relationship to creativity, health, and culture. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Company, a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, and has performed with Bill Irwin, among others.
“Olinghouse performed with Trisha Brown for four years and, more recently, with Bill Irwin. If those two had a kid together, it might have thought like her (especially if it had begun to study voguing)…What Olinghouse has quite entrancingly deconstructed is the notion of calculated expertise, efficient timing, and showmanship.” -Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
Shona Masarin is a New York City based Australian film artist whose work involves the physical, alchemic, and sculptural manipulation of found images and materials to create abstract animations.
“Some come close to pure abstraction…the uninhibited play with colour, light and texture in Shona Masarin's Behind My Mouth, Beneath My Lips, on My Eyes, where scratched fragments of material drift by like off-cuts from a dressmaker's workshop.” -Jake Wilson, “Festival’s Reel Time Experiment,” The Age, April 29. 2010
Stills from past films by Shona Masarin
Ghost line collaborators
- Film by Shona Masarin and Cori Olinghouse
- Ghost lines originally conceived by Cori Olinghouse
- Cinematography and Editing by Shona Masarin
- Choreography and Performance by Cori Olinghouse
- Guest appearance by Eva Schmidt
- Costume Design by Andy Jordan
- Sound Design by Jake Meginsky
For more information about our Ghost line – the film, please visit us online at: http://ghostlinesproject.tumblr.com/
To see our most recent test footage, click here!
Prizes - sneak preview!
ONE-OF-A-KIND! A limited edition digital print (three separate photographs available), signed and framed, by Andy Jordan! http://www.andyjordan.net/
(Above) Past graphics by artist Andrew Hurst
ONE-OF-A-KIND! Limited edition signed "Ghost line" poster by Andrew Hurst and Shona Masarin! www.andrewhurst.com
ONE-OF-A-KIND! Original, signed costume sketch by Andy Jordan! http://www.andyjordan.net/
ONE-OF-A-KIND! A limited edition digital print, signed and framed, by Lauren Simkin Berke! http://www.simkinberke.com/
Thank you for your interest and support! Please join us in our Kickstarter campaign by funding, however big or small, our efforts to create Ghost line!
All the money raised through Kickstarter will go directly to the costs of making our film (cost of stock, processing, editing, post production, etc.) and artist fees for choreography, cinematography, editing, costume, and sound design.
We could not do this without your support! Please consider making a donation and spreading the word about this campaign. Your gift at any level will help us get a little closer to our fundraising goal!
Thanks for your continued interest!
Cori and Shona
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