Atelier Impopulaire & Aldo Tambellini, 2012
Multimedia installation for three 16mm projectors
five monitors and three 35mm slide carousels, b/w, sound, 22 min
Set-up, video and sound edit: Atelier Impopulaire
Original footage: Aldo Tambellini
Digital artefacts: Atelier Impopulaire
16mm print sources: Harvard Film Archive
Produced by Atelier Impopulaire with the support of Tate Modern
Going back to the traditional canons of underground cinema and multimedia environment, Retracing Black reflects on the sensory mutation of the cinematic and videographic element, subverting found footage and TV-collage practices to provide the figurative element with an absolute, definite identity.
A triptych of hand-painted 16mm films from the Black Film Series is featured with new works realized and edited from rough footage filmed in 1960s New York, while a series of projected hand-painted glass slides transforms cellular forms into a sculptural, kinetic installation. Electronic sound compositions are intertwined with the spoken words of Calvin C. Hernton, a poet and a seminal member of the UMBRA Workshop and the Black Arts Movement.
In the collection of Tate Modern.