investigates the materiality of a digital video camera body catalysed by the dissection of a Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Via a series of mirrors that reflect images of the device back onto its own sensor, the camera records itself as its body is systematically dismembered. The parts are then analysed to construct a complete elemental portrait – 74 chemical elements are found contained within the camera, representing 63% of the periodic table. The film parallels the assemblage of geological resources (camera manufacture) and the sequencing of static images (film montage) through considering video making as a geological process of extraction and animation.
Dissection: Stephen Cornford
Text: Himali Singh Soin
Cinematography (analysis): Gotaro Uematsu
Cinematography (dissection and landscape): Sam Smith
Editing, visual effects and sound design: Sam Smith
UNSW Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, Solid State & Elemental Analysis Unit: Rabeya Akter, Khorshed Chinu, Christopher Marjo, Anne Rich, Helen Wang, Karen Privat
This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the UNSW Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, Solid State & Elemental Analysis Unit.