Director: Garine Torossian
Once again this Armenian Canadian film maker proves that she is the world s best alchemist of handmade abstract film this time taking on the aesthetic of her contemporaries Mike and Doug Starn. A natural homage and collaboration, in that Torossian's own darkroom techniques of decaying and obliterating the surface of film echo the Starns approach to photography in deterioration Drowning In Flames is a spectacularly mesmerising non-stop express tram of images from art history books mutilated into submission. No computer could create the kind of organic textures that seem to peel off the screen and the effect is akin to an ancient manuscript crumbling in your hands as you turn the page.
A film within a film, shot on Super 8 attached to 16mm leader. A ruthless dismantling of thriller conventions — a gun, a threatened woman, shrieking music — which explores the body in mot… More »
A wild mesh of traditional images of the Armenian landscape set against a haunting voice-over of longing, Garine Torossian's almost cubist collage technique edits and disassembles its images with a p… More »
Re-filmed cut-out images from children's books are reprocessed further through slide and computer. These visual delicacies flutter and stutter, acting as a kind of rhythm section to the Sparklehorse … More »