Saturday, 13 June 2015

Judith and Holofernes


  1. Thanks Denys, and apologies for the tardy reply (been away and offline for the past few weeks). The video represents a bit of a departure for me in that it is my first real HD effort and one where I sourced found footage from other than the Internet Archive. Still all in the Creative Commons of course! In terms of process I had been playing around with the flamenco bits, but without much success. It still just looked like flamenco. I started thinking about some earlier references I had made in this blog in an article called 'Frowned Objects of Desire' and had always seen a parallel between the 'flamenco' look and the face of Fillide Melandroni in Caravaggio's Judith and Holofernes. But still the video lacked something to give it context. My chief advisor (thanks Joy) made some suggestions about blood and guts and from there I started to pull it all together visually, using the explosions just to give it a modern rather than biblical perspective. I knew that my current collaborator Hyaena Fierling had been working on some flamenco themes, and with her Portuguese heritage might be interested so sent off a draft sans sound. I was very pleased to have her compose an original piece for the video and so you have it. It has been a bit of a sleeper as far as exposure goes, but the reasons for that will always remain unknown. Whether the violence is too much for some, or the psycho eroto/castration drama of the original story scares men in particular, or it has simply got lost in the mire of Facebook and Twitter I don't know. I think it's a good one...and that is always a nice thing to be able to say about one's most recent creation!