Fluidly moving between video and film, British artist Sam Spreckley experiments with the ‘surface’ of his subjects to illicit the viewer to look (and hear) deeper. Creating unique soundscapes apart from the image, and then layering these tracks onto visual studies, such as close-ups of insects, skin and oil, the artist augments our experience of the ordinary, and heightens his subjects’ presence, often bringing them to life more clearly than they appear in physical reality. With his new film, Surface II, screening at this year’s Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, these themes are explored again, this time by a unique performative process in which celluloid is burned by the same projector that is simultaneously screening these results.

Nic Cha Kim

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