Burial 1 (May 2011)

May 9th, 2011

BURIAL 1
May 2011 (autumn)

I’ve started by selecting several reels of 8mm and 16mm film. There are also a few rolls of 35mm film (stills).

Most of this film is footage I’ve shot but some of it is found footage I’ve collected from flea markets and ebay. Generally the found footage is discarded film composed of old commercials, institutional films or television programs; usually unwanted film that has been thrown out by libraries, companies or schools.

First I began unraveling the reels and throwing the film around. I also trampled it and scratched it with rocks and sticks.

Then I mixed the film into a thin layer of earth and buried it in leaves. It will be left like this for 1 month.

See Unearthing 1 for the result of this burial.

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