Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.
The first film,"Catalogue," is a silent 16mm black-and-white film that considers the time it takes to look at desirable objects, in this case the objects for sale in a mainstream furniture catalogue. The catalogue presents de-saturated photographs of staged rooms shot and printed to resemble sets for film-noir era movies, hypothetically increasing their desirability. In these photographs the designer furniture knock-offs are indistinguishable from the original pieces. The film gazes at page after page of objects, each one exquisite and exquisitely photographed, centering its attention on the rise of desire and its dissolution.
The in-progress "Catalogue" series will cover all 7 volumes of the 13-pound manufacturer's catalogue and includes 16mm film, computer-generated imagery, and digital video, both with and without sound.
"Catalogue" has screened in many international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement (Geneva), Edinburgh International Film Festival, ExIS (Seoul), Antimatter (Vancouver), Cairo International Film Festival, Timisoara Festival (Romania), Filmmakers Festival (Milan), Onion City Experimental Film Festival (Chicago), Dortmund/Cologne International Women’s Film Festival, the Seattle Filmforum, Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), Dunlop Art Gallery (Saskatchewan).
Some of the works were made possible by a 2014-15 Otis Faculty Development Grant and this screening will be Duff's report.