Cinema films death at work. By embalming traces of the living, film functions as a form of mummification as well as a site where the dead are resurrected through the life-giving motion of the film projector. The Carousel (2011) is a live video essay that unearths these séance fictions of cinema, tracing an alternative history of film as a burial crypt where we collectively commune with the dead. Within this work, live narration is used to navigate an eclectic matrix of film samples, producing a multi-channel video essay where it makes perfect sense to conjoin media theory, mysticism, deconstruction, kung fu, vintage sci-fi, zombie flicks and techno horror.
The Carousel is informed by research into cultural theories of hauntology and runs parallel to Dark Matter, a series of video installations by Soda_Jerk.