A Curious Inventory
Title: A Curious Inventory
Running Time: 8 minutes and 20 seconds
Producer, Actor, Sound, Co-Editor: Joe Hedges
Director, Editor, Photographer: Jiemei Lin
A surrealist short film featuring a man with a filing cabinet for a head. The man ambles around a beach, a forest and a desert collecting objects to place into his cephalic drawers. Inside the drawers the found objects are transmuted into pixels and color during short sequences of aggressive video and sound manipulations. No dialogue.
This project exists within a constellation of related projects including paintings, sculptures and internet art. These projects make use of vintage file boxes and drawers to consider the coming obsolescence of physical media, the role of physical artifacts in the age of information, and the limits of image-making as a path to knowledge. These works are inspired by the burgeoning field of Media Archeology, a lifelong interest in boxes, collecting, the aesthetics of bureaucracy, modernist notions of the grid and the cube, and the significance of the glitch as it relates to automatic processes, chance and the expressive painterly mark.