Chronic Film (2017)
HD projection, living and speaking artist
A talk-performance by Alex Anikina explores the idea of cinema taken to its absolute extreme, in chronic condition. In its technical concept, it investigates an algorithm that plays every possible image (every possible combination of pixels) that can be generated on the screen of a certain resolution - 1280 by 1080. In practice, most of these images are actualised as noise, and play longer than a human life. Chronic Film offers an experience of a collective meditation, in which the refusal of images to figurate on the screen enters in a dialogue with the mental imagery conjured by spoken word. The talk-performance explores this paradoxical alienation, making the island of Delos and its ancient statues its point of departure and drawing on the long history of tension between the image and the copy.