N or Nor W; study of a Canterbury wind (2011)
PRODUCED BY PORTER PICTURES
Installation: Porter's Cinebooth, SOFA Gallery, UC, Christchurch/Ōtautahi (2012)
Porter’s Cinebooth embossed on a copper title plate, evokes early 20th Century projector branding. The name references both Director and the cinematic pioneer Edwin S. Porter, who later moved into manufacturing motion picture projectors for Simplex.
The title N or Nor W pays homage to New Zealand artist Len Lye and his surreal black and white “public information films”, in particular N or NW (1937) commissioned by the General Post Office of Great Britain. Porter appropriates the title and opening sequence of Lye's film, and formal British tone in her "stream of consciousness" styled narrative.
Porter records the Canterbury nor' west wind from beneath a pylon in the middle of an olive grove (Photo: Rob Hood, 2011)
The idea for creating a textured ‘wind study’ was inspired by 1940-50s experimental sound recordings by French artist Pierre Schaeffer, officially termed ‘musique concrète’. Etude aux chemins de fer (1948) or study of trains, is a rhythmically reconstructed composition of train recordings and the first of five compositions publicly broadcast in a series titled ‘Concert de bruits’. Schaeffer’s trains triggered the nor’ wester wind recordings and the fictional, meteorological analogue disc became central to the project’s narrative.
C.U. shot of gramophone grooves through the RedCam viewfinder
Actors Scarlett and Sarah Kentish-Barnes on set (2011)
(DOP) John Chrisstoffels, (Sound Recordist) Ed Lust and (Actor) Martin Howells on set (2011)
Scarlett Kentish-Barnes in the studio with Director (2011)