Decasia (2002)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Abstract Film, Ambiance  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison created this non-narrative feature, which derives a large portion of its visual beauty from the physical nature of the film medium itself. Decasia is primarily compiled from a wealth of old and damaged footage, in which the scratches, scraped emulsion, bubbles, streaks, and decaying nitrate add an extra dimension of texture to a patchwork of images both extraordinary and mundane. Originally created as part of a multimedia environmental performance piece, with the film screened in tandem with a performance by a 55-piece ensemble, Decasia has also been screened in a version with recorded score, composed by avant garde percussionist Michael Gordon. Decasia was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

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experimental [arts], archival-footage, decay, disintegration, film, image [picture], mortality, multimedia-art