Influenced by 1970s theories of the Flow State, the film features one cartridge of vintage Super 8 film-stock, each frame scratched and painstakingly coloured by hand by Sarahjane Swan. The soundtrack was mostly improvised with both Swan and long-time collaborator in Avant Kinema, Roger Simian, playing detuned guitars, which the pair attacked and manipulated with drumsticks.
United Kingdom, 2020, 8, Direction: Roger Simian, Sarahjane Swan, Production: Roger Simian, Sarahjane Swan.
Scottish artists Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian have collaborated since 2009 on a significant body of interdisciplinary works: analogue film, digital video, Indie songs, installation art, photography and experimental writing, most recently under the name Avant Kinema. The duo’s experimental films – which often utilise long-expired filmstocks, which they process, handcraft and telecine at home – have screened around the world. Music by Swan and Simian has aired widely on BBC national radio and other stations, often as The Bird And The Monkey.