Melissa Grey - Self portrait

4:08, 2005, Animation
Self Portrait is composed of one photograph presented 360 times, each iteration rotated one degree clockwise. The narration, following the tone of Proust’s questionnaire, is a series of questions without answers. Scored for two narrators, flute, harp and violin.
DirectorMelissa GreyProducerMelissa GreyWriterMelissa GreyCameraRobert KirkbrideEditorMelissa GreyCrewComposer Melissa Grey

CountryUSAEdition2008 Screenings2007: drain journal of contemporary art and culture/aquaspace laboratory for new and multi-media art; 2 car garage contemporary art gallery, savannah, ga; oral action, studio 27, san francisco, ca; the art of falling, chashama gallery, nyc; macon georgia film and video festival; tilt gallery/project space, portland, or. 2006: sarai media lab, new delhi, india; saltworks gallery, atlanta, ga

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Who is Melissa Grey?
Works include live electroacoustic performances, field recordings, questionnaires and sound maps, media installations and music and sound for radio, film and video, as well as concert works for ensembles and chamber orchestras.

Your film is about?
The narration, following the tone of Proust’s Questionnaire, is a series of questions.

How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
Music Composition. Media Studies. Sound Studies.

How does content relate to the form of your work?
The process of building the movement of the one-degree rotation provided hours of mechanical repetition.

How important is sound in film, and if you use sounds, do you create your own or use existing?
The score for Self Portrait includes flute, harp and violin and two narrators.

Nowadays everyone with the right equipment can create videoart, good, bad or ugly?
Self Portrait is an audiovisual exercise using amateur software.

What is your next project about?
Currently collaborating with Alphabet City and John Knechtel on the new production of PSYCHODRAMA, for the WATER festival, Toronto, Nov 2009

To hear more about this, follow the link to an interview by Jim Briggs:


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