Michael John Whelan
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The Good Soil
Frontier
Divergence of Character
Means of Knowing
Now the shadows I measure
From the Mountain
An echo and a shadow
Mercer
Baribal
The sun shone on the
nothing new

Reprieve
A Perfect Circle
Caisson
Assembly
Kindred
Clearing
Since
The Memoirs of a Madman
The Collector of Skies
And penance is the play
Cathedral
The Memoirs of a Madman
2007
hand marked 16mm film transferred to video, colour, silent
7:00 min
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This 16mm film work is made up of fragments of appropriated German educational films about volcanic activity. Once cut together, the length of film was then written on using the text The Memoirs of a Madman by Leo Tolstoy. The text is written longitudinally along the film so to read the text one would have to view the film centimeter by centimeter. When projected, the effect is such that the short piece of writing becomes completely impossible to decipher. Only visible as random and organic forms overlaid on the fragmented moving image.