PyR Academy 2015
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The Mechanical Afterlife


Steven Woloshen
Steven Woloshen
Montréal · Canada
Juanjo Fernández
Gnomalab
Terrassa · Spain
With the support of:
Fundación Canadá

La Casa Encendida
The Mechanical Afterlife
May 09, 2015 | 22:00h
at La Casa Encendida
Madrid, Spain


“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I  saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world”.

-- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Forbidden science, archaeology and animation as re-animation.

The speed of light has sent the souls of the first projected images to the furthest limits of the solar system, but its earthly remains lay dormant, ripe for re-discovery. Recalling Brakhage’s attempt to re-animate insects through projection (Mothlight, 1964), this live performance will harness electro-mechanics and digital micro-cinematography to unearth the magic transformations buried alive within the layers of decayed and dying film prints.

Like forensic lab tests, The Mechanical Afterlife will probe the molecular life-forces of selected film frames and finally “re-animate” them from their stasis in a 35mm projector.