HYPNOS. Expanded cinema performance, Stakkevollan Svømmehall , Tromsø International Film Festival. 30 min, 2020
by Ieva Balode and Maksims Šenteļevs
16 and 8 mm film, tape and field recordings in expanded and acousmatic technics.
Any vision of shape, distance, scale or position in space, even when appearing solidified and fixed is nothing but illusion. It slips away as horizon when approaching, drips through fingers as water held in palms, dims as light at dusk. As a vision in dream, what is believed real appears to be a constant flow of transition from substance to substance and eventually beyond. Its property is neither appearance nor content but the endless mutation of possibilities - an unexpected flux of pulse, motion and transformation. As in sleep, Hypnos moves us with light, vision and sound through different stages of consciousness fluctuating recklessly in our senses in each ones very own special way that we share in common medium of subconscious fantasy.
Hypnos is based on three stages of sleep that human experiences during a night accordingly the performance is set in three stages - light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep. It contains field recordings and some recordings used for mediation as well as famous recording of James Dillon sleep talking.
Work was comissioned by Kurant for Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway