Screening
Jasper Rigole: Home Movies
Mon 17 Feb 2020, 20:00
PART OF
Film

Artist and filmmaker Jasper Rigole collects amateur films, travelogues and family documents at the IICADOM archive (The International Institute for the Conservation, Archiving and Distribution of Other People’s Memories). OFFoff will screen two of his single screen films made of such archival footage.

FILM
Paradise Recollected
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33’

As a blend of ironic mockumentary and filmic essay, Paradise Recollected delves into the motives behind the making of home movies as well as the elements that characterise their visual content. The film is a poetic study of home movies as a kind of portrayal of the leisure culture that arose parallel with the advent of the inexpensive Super 8 cameras in the 1960s.

 

“[Rigole] presents us an imaginative method to interrogate the way archives work, to explore the complex dialogue between memory and history, and to study the language of home movies in particular. Rigole’s style can best be described as a filmic form of experimental life-writing that calls to mind the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Georges Perec [...].

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Theorized around its ‘institution’, it is an historically-oriented contemporary artwork that not only draws on informal archives but produces them as well, and does so in a way that underscores the nature of all archival materials as found yet constructed, factual yet fictive, public yet private. Further, it often arranges these materials according to a quasi-archival logic, a matrix of citation and juxtaposition, and presents them in a quasi-archival architecture, a complex of texts and objects.”

Gerda Cammaer1

 

  • 1. Gerda Cammaer. “Jasper Rigole’s Quixotic Art Experiments With Home Movies and Archival Practices: The International Institute for the Conservation, Archiving, and Distribution Of Other People’s Memories (IICADOM),” The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, vol. 12, no. 2, 2012, pp. 41–69. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/movingimage.12.2.0041. Accessed 11 Feb. 2020.
FILM
Temps mort
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20’

Temps Mort is one of IICADOM’s (The International Institute for the Conservation, Archiving and Distribution of Other People’s Memories) categories used to designate the archival material collected from the end of the film stock, which content was the result from the amateur film maker’s need to fill the film roll to the end before sending it for processing. In effect a way of killing time, these images do not depict the ‘unique’ moments of which the archive mainly consists, but commonplace, banal scenes.

 

“Among the large body of found-footage films that reflect on the fleeting nature of moving images and memories, Rigole’s work is notable for the manner in which it references the workings of official archives to help shape a fictional archive. This practice supports the concept that any archive, real or fictional, is knowable only according to the particular situations in which they are used. What users do with archives is as crucial as how they are constructed: both processes are manifestations of the urge to collect and select. Rigole’s work is ultimately defined by his investigation of the archive as a creative site: collection and selection become a creative activity, and the language and signs of the archive are used for their artistic potential rather than their original function.”

Gerda Cammaer1

  • 1. Gerda Cammaer. “Jasper Rigole’s Quixotic Art Experiments With Home Movies and Archival Practices: The International Institute for the Conservation, Archiving, and Distribution Of Other People’s Memories (IICADOM),” The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, vol. 12, no. 2, 2012, pp. 41–69. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/movingimage.12.2.0041. Accessed 11 Feb. 2020.