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Skyscraper Film, 2023, 16mm to digital, single channel, colour, 8 min.



Can I use the film strip structure as an architectural element?

Is it possible to use the celluloid from the film as a cement?

Can these skyscrapers be turned into something else?

Can solid lines blend into sensual, natural curves?

Can I melt skyscrapers?


Skyscraper Film was created to try to give a visual answer to these questions, arising from the artist's relation to urban maps of various locations and their respective skylines, populated by imposing skyscrapers and reinforced concrete panoramas: Quebec, Kingston (Canada), Maryland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore (USA) etc.

Cities are presented to us as an abstract handmade camera-less collage, created from scraps of orphan 16mm films from the 1980s. Originally produced to promote tourism in North America, these films are reassigned to a new context through the Emulsion Lifting/Emulsion Grafting technique that the director has been pursuing for years. In addition to tourism films and informational films, Skyscraper Film also uses rare family films and home-movies dating back to 1929 and 1954 in 16mm format.

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