p.70 Make Ready Peter Maybury ISBN 978 0 9566293 3 3, Gall editions, 2015
Relayer Reminiscent of the 1920s montage experiments of soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov, a soundtrack is superimposed onto a fixed, medium close-up of a figure apparently viewing images on a screen. The plane of the screen is that of the film the viewer also watches. The image is one more or less continuous take, while the soundtrack is a composite of field recordings and extracts from film soundtracks. The artifacts of its editing are amplified. Narrative sequence is implied but incoherent. Like a compressed feature film, it has opening titles with music, a sequence in which letters appear individually across the screen in homage to Pierrot le fou. The image jump-cuts several times before the composition settles. The light on the figure’s face flickers, her eyes darting from one part of the frame to another. In viewing we make a correlation between sound and image, although there is none. DelayDuring The Lives of Spaces, the Irish Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the film is projected in a mirror mechanism (similar to a periscope) as a continuous loop within Delay, a viewing armature and miniature cinema. The window through which the screen is viewed, acts as a two-way mirror. Visitors looking through the opposite aperature can see both the projected image on the screen (mirrored), and superimposed, the face of the viewer behind it. Delay is a research piece for the windows of dePaor’s cinema, The Picture Palace, Galway.