Ritual and Repetition

Joe Nanashe
March 1, 2007, 12:30 am
Filed under: Ritual and Repetition


Fireflies, 2003
5 min excerpt – Full Running Time 11:55 mins
Joe Nanashe – Brooklyn New York


To record is to see, to quantify. Moments pass before the lens to be forever repeated. Memory no longer exists outside of the context of records. This is the trap we have established. To preserve we must kill. Video is the most purgatorial method of documentation. The recorded figure is unable to respond yet continually being. The revolution of the assembly line paved the way for this condition. Industry broke down the body at speed unprecedented in human history and the advent of moving imagery captured and normalized the systematic violence against the figure.

Created just after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fireflies is a meditation on the generative powers of fire, the fragility of existence, the beauty of destruction, and the mediation of war and violence. As the blue tipped matches are shot across the floor, the fleeting burn of fire illuminates the shot, giving brief glimpses of the overall decimated landscape. The rectangular shot of the camera becomes the ritual space for the repetitive gesture.



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