This is the full-length (8 1/2 minute) video of We Record Ourselves.
We Record Ourselves (2016) is a single screen film (8 mins/stereo) and 22 screen installation (5 mins) by Natalia Barua, Owa Barua, Simon Ellis and Katrina McPherson.
In 1997 film-maker Katrina McPherson tried to get a film commissioned about the largely overlooked work and life of dancer and choreographer Margaret Morris. That film was never made. Nearly twenty years later, Katrina was commissioned to respond to the Margaret Morris archive and invited three fellow dance film-makers to join her. We Record Ourselves is what was made.
The work was developed through practice-as-research in which we created and sustained a series of performance-as-archive practices. The multi-perspective materials, screens, bodies, and texts are an unusual collection of moving images – part performance, part archive, and part screendance – that together reveal ideas and experiences to do with memory and disappearance, the performance and recording of human lives, and the ghosts of our influences.
If technology is increasingly post-transparent – no longer a “contradiction to the ‘authenticity’ of experience” – then in We Record Ourselves we remediate ourselves and others through near and distant pasts. We seek to entangle technological and corporeal mediated presences in order to imagine and display a screen-based embodied archive.
Huhtamo, cited in Bolter & Grusin. 1999. Remediation. Cambridge, MA: Mit Press, p.41. ↩