It Matters What [9:06 | 16mm and HD | Canada | 2019]

Absences and translations motivate this experimental animation in an exploration of the methods and materials of reproduction and inscription. The inquiry is set within a framework of practical and critical human relationships with other-than-human-species elucidated by the theorist Donna Haraway.

A fragment from Haraway’s essay Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene is reworked here as a poetic manifesto. Enigmatic found-footage calls into question human violence over animal species. Plant life is both the subject matter of the images and assists the means of photographic reproduction. 

The techniques used include in-camera animation, contact-prints and phytograms created by the exposure of 16mm film overlaid with plant material and dried for hours in direct sunlight. 

Previous and Upcoming Screenings:
•Alucine, Latin Film and Media Arts Festival, It Matters What, Toronto, Canada (upcoming October 4–6)
•Vastlab Experimental Film Festival. 8401, Traje de Luces and It Matters What, Vastlab Gallery, Los Angeles California (upcoming September 21-23)
•Arkipel Jakarta Intrernational Documentary + Experimental Film Festival, It Matters What, in: Unless You are Living It: Dis/Integration, programmed by re:assemblage, Jakarta, Indonesia
•CineAutopsia: Bogota Experimental Film Festival, Traje de Luces | Suit of Lights in: Otras Latitudes | Other Latitudes, Bogota Colombia
•Edinburgh International Film Festival, Black Box Strand, Edinburgh Scotland (2019)