this edition of /*framework:afield*/ has been produced in scotland by *mark vernon*. the work, entitled /*static cinema*/, is an extended version of an audiovisual installation originally produced in 2009:
A vacant stall at a Dusseldorf flea market re-imagined as a theatre set… the attic of a derelict building, infested with pigeons… a dank, concrete basement in an atelier in Norway…
Static Cinema is an exploration of three evocative spaces captured and interrogated for meaning through the microphone and the camera lens. Each of the locations function as spontaneous mise-en-sc√®ne waiting in suspense for an event yet to occur, or an actor still to make their entrance. Through a composed soundscape of field recordings and improvised music, a fictitious narrative develops between these seemingly disparate locales.
This is a cinema of the still. The staging of a micro cinema and the projection of the photographs as slides sets up an expectation of motion which is frustrated by the frozen images. However the rigid meaning of those images is compromised, complicated and expanded by the complex, constantly evolving soundtrack.
Comprising recordings made in a variety of locations including those represented in the images, the sometimes frantic nature of these sounds work in contrast to the serenity of the images while simultaneously serving as a sonic suture to the incongruence of the visuals. The meaning of each image and the relationships between them become contingent on their juxtaposition with the soundtrack at any given moment. Sound becomes the medium through which narrative is modulated, dissonance and consonance co-exist.