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Film/Video

simoom

2019  |  video  |  color & b/w  |  20:00 min
Holly Fisher
Lois V Vierk
  • Simoom is an Egyptian word for a sudden and fierce desert wind –  borrowed from Lois, who gave this title to her piece Simoom when she composed it in 1986
  • For projection or white-box installation

synopsis

Dragon bones and snakes embracing; skeletons in underwear, flying shoes and bug-eyed aliens are among the characters that comprise the 2006 West Village Halloween parade – filmed and transformed into a subjective extra-terrestrial dreamscape. Here I have reworked my original Hi-8 video into a layered weave of images continually phasing between extremes of abstraction and literal – between an imaginary Day of the Dead spectacle and clocks at play with light bulbs…

SIMOOM is a collage in motion, fragmented and cyclic, within open and expanded frames in which its construct is often visible. This piece is grounded in the haunting music of avant-garde composer Lois V Vierk with whom I often collaborate. Vierk’s 8-cello piece “Simoom” from 1986 is performed here by Theodore Mook.

Filmmaker's note

 

I think it is time to reconsider how we define what our Constitution means by “high crimes and misdemeanors” … It seems that playing Russian Roulette with planet Earth, serial abuse of women, or even weird hair, is more incriminating than a blow job. …




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