REHEARSAL FOR A PHANTOM FILM – An Expanded Cinema Performance

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Phantom Films are the phantom limbs of the body of cinema, the images that linger in the mind after the movie is over, the narrative threads that seep into our thoughts and become the frameworks around which we weave the story of our own lives and the world of our own fantasies. We see cinema not only as a medium but also as a language and this language is not restricted to images moving on a screen, it can manifest beyond the frame in many forms.

 

The Phantom Film project exists in all the forms that spring out from the world of the films but never as a single screen film. Phantom Films are movies but they manifest beyond the cinema screen as live performances, books, sculpture, installation, sound recordings and photography.

 

On the 4th May 2016 at Raw Territories Gatherings in Porto, we presented the first in a series of Phantom Film performances. REHEARSAL FOR A PHANTOM FILM, a 45 min expanded cinema performance in which fragments of narrative collide with the process of preparing and creating a film. Actions performed both on screen and by live performers occur simultaneously as if the world of the films has burst out of the frame in a ritual to bring to life screen-spectres and cine-phantoms.

 

Here are a few images of the performance.

 

 


Photo by André Fonseca.

 

Photo by Maria Louceiro.

 

Photo by Maria Louceiro.

 

Photo by Maria Louceiro.

 


Photo by Maria Louceiro.