Karel Doing

Invisible Dialogue

2:44 minutes

James Holcombe, Rosalind Fowler, Emilie Atkinson and Karel Doing

Jerwood Gallery (Hastings)
Lo&Behold (London)
BEEF (Bristol)
Kingsgate Project Space (London)
Cornwall Film Festival (Redruth)
Dresdner Schmallfilmtage (Dresden)
Kino Bize (Riga)

Part of Jim Hobbs' 100ft III


A collaborative experiment in which four people shoot one quarter of the film each using a Bolex and matte box, engaging in an invisible dialogue with each other via the masked sections of the image. Each person also records 2.5 minutes of sound which is played back at the same time and optically recorded onto the film strip before final processing. The filmmakers are interested in the synchronicities and frictions that might surface through this method of working, and the possibility that the essence of their intentions might somehow be subconsciously transmitted to other members of the group during the process.

"In short, it is an attempt to break down the superego that exercises such a paralyzing effect upon spontaneity, imagination and sensibility and to restore a sense of desire, possibility and the marvellous." (Murray Bookchin)