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ghostdance for a new century

2015  |  film/video  |  color & bw  |  sound  |  16 min
Holly Fisher
For projection, looped for wall installation, or: multiple-version side:side (landscape) as a large silent wall installation
Holly Fisher
Ha-Yang Kim, cellist and composer (will perform live when possible)

• Live performance with composer/cellist Ha-Yang Kim, The Stone, NYC, July 2017

• Ann Arbor Film Festival 2017 “Off the Wall” Storefront Installation, 3-week run throughout the festival, downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2017

• Premiere & live performance, Microscope Gallery, NYC, fall 2015


Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (screening in collaboration with cellist/composer Ha-Yang Kim for live performance, 2015)



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synopsis

This new video ghost dance is a re-imagining of my earlier double-projection silent 16mm project Ghost Dance (1980), reworked here into a single, multi-layered, evolving digital canvas, rich in desert colors with pale whites overlapping, and fragments of running shadow interlaced. Ghostdance for a New Century is inspired by the Native American dance performed especially in the 1890s to encourage renewal and prosperity – or from another point of view, to drive out the white man and bring back the buffalo. This is a meditative landscape piece, set between a eulogy for an unspoken past and a plea for attention to an unmapped future….

Music is an original work called LENS, written and performed by composer/ cellist Ha-Yang Kim. The video is for projection and/or looped for continuous running gallery installation as large as space permits, on a clean white wall (no monitor, screen or other framing outside the piece itself), in 1-3 projections set side:side:side, silent and out-of-phase.

notes

This new work derives from the recycling my silent film Ghost Dance (1982), which I’d made from an 8mm original source looped on 16mm film via JK Optical Printer (see Ghost Dance notes for details). Thirty four years later I re-visited this work to use it here as a template—now working in video format on a digital timeline and using multiple video layers cut in fragments, like musical phrases, set with differing tempos and color aspects.