A lecture-performance by Alex Anikina explores the idea of cinema taken to its absolute extreme, in chronic condition: a film with a duration longer than human life, with images not made for human perception. Chronic Film offers an experience of a collective meditation, in which the mental imagery conjured by spoken word enters in a dialogue with the refusal of images to figurate on the screen.
«Chronic Film»is a structuralist digital film. In concept, it plays every possible image (every possible combination of pixels) that can be generated on the screen of a certain resolution - 1280 by 1080. In practice, most of these images are actualised as noise. The film is currently shown as a lecture-performance that explores the paradoxical alienation of imagery and duration from the human viewer, while performed still in front of the human viewer and in her language.

Alex Anikina

Alex Anikina
Alex Anikina (1989, Russia) is an artist-researcher, film-maker and occasional curator, currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London where she also is Assistant Lecturer in Film and Audiovisual. She works with film, software, analog photography, book objects and language-based works. In her main practice as a film-maker, Anikina is screening and exhibiting internationally; notable shows include VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; IV and V Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014); Rencontres Internationals film festival at Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; MAGIKALCHARM Experimental Video Festival (2014 and 2015) at Anthology Film Archives, New York etc. Her works are held in the collection of National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow.
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