For Lengths is a short film that was conceived in response to sketches and stage directions by writer Samuel Beckett. Structured around notions of eye-medium-I, the agency of the camera is split between subjective and objective, where subject observes both itself and its observer and ultimately itself being observed. Here object and subject become indissociable. Choreographed movement was conceived to suture these states together – the relentless repetition evoking a compulsive neurosis or suspended trauma of being stuck in a habitual loop. The film puts forward the possibility of three interrelated states: the physical, theatrical stage, the illusory space of the imagination and the omnipotent presence of an off-stage authority. Visually the work references the unifying and sparse aesthetic often encountered in Beckett’s stage productions, pitched against the heightened fictive space of early cinema. Drawing these worlds together is a sound composition by Aralla technically derived from the dynamism of the film’s movement alongside off-stage voice and instrument. For Lengths is a collaboration with choreographer Luca Veggetti and composer Paolo Aralla, filmed in various locations in Bologna, Italy, the film features choreographed performances by the actor and dancer Alice Raffaelli.
For Lengths is both a single channel film and a work that can be deconstructed a multichannel work. During production, it was envisaged that the work could be split into separate channels and sound paths in response to a particular space – not as a simple re-staging of the film into separate screens, but more a site-responsive re-choreographing and orchestration. The intent would be to create an immersive installation where the movement of the viewer through the physical space is not only led by sound and vision, it in part, reflects the abstracted narrative of the actual film. The installation may also include live elements, notable the presence of a life performer.
For lengths is a collaborative video and sound work by Sam Jury, Luca Veggetti and Paolo Aralla. Performed by Alice Raffaelli.
Single channel HD film with sound. Black and white. 12:17
Multi-channel installation with sound. Black and white. 12:17