WATER ! The film is projected onto a series of automated water curtains, submerged screens and a large sheet of plate glass with water cascading over its surface.
TRAPPED! The LFP is installed in a huge cage. As well as being a genuine health & safety measure the cage suggests that the figure in the film action has been captured and trapped.
LOOPING! After the last water screen switches off the trapped figure bumps into and slithers down a large plate glass wall. As he slips down, hands and face squashed up against the glass, he dissolves into a bubbling tray of liquid at its base. The chemical processing then starts again. The film image literally dissolves. A pause. Lights come up to illuminate the inside of the cage. The 20 min sequence begins again.
The Liquid Film Projector first came into being in 2005, when we revived our 1995 theatre show The Fall of The House of Usherettes - the story of a long defunct cinematic medium called Liquid Film once sprayed from specialised projection systems.
This installation has appeared at two galleries near our FF Studios (Exeter Phoenix and Taunton Brewhouse), also in a disused abattoir in Chalon-sur-Saone, and on the mainstage of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in The Complete Works Festival commission “Rough Magyck” (2006).
The Image Stirrer (work in progress)