∞ “untitled” – Ekaterina Selenkina and Alexey Kurbatov, 2018
“untitled” intends to reshape the experience of looking at plants, stones and desert landscapes. The filmmakers vary the number of frames per second at which the camera rolls. In some cases it runs at 24 frames per second, which is close to the experience of a human being looking at things. But often the camera captures just one frame per second or even fewer. It is unclear whose experience that could be, but it’s definitely not the visual experience of a human being. In the changing rhythms and ways of looking a new space and perception appears.
“untitled” was shot on 16 mm film, hand processed and scanned by the filmmakers themselves in an effort to avoid industrial processes in making the film. This also gave the film a rough, grainy, high contrast and almost dirty look and texture.
Ekaterina Selenkina, born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Alexey Kurbatov, born in Vologda, Russia, are filmmakers and collaborators who are based between Moscow and Los Angeles. They met in the Moscow School of New Cinema, an experimental film school in Russia. They work in genres ranging from experimental narratives to abstract visual explorations and in mediums ranging from 8 mm to 16 mm through digital. Their work deals with contemporary social problems, personal existential dramas, the environment, nature, and human beings as a species.
Nicolai Sсhizoph, whose music the film features, is an experimental contemporary musician and performer based in Moscow, Russia. He currently does free improvisations avoiding any prior preparations. He explores what happens within such a performance and after it. In his sessions he works with both electronic – analog synthesizers and various pedals: delays, reverb, ring modulator and looper – and acoustic instruments – drums, tube, guitar, piano – as well as with his voice.