In Nascent, raw footage of improvised and choreographed performance by Australian Dance Theatre dancers is confronted with compositional techniques applied in the post-production stage. Images form a complex and dense rhythmic structure, stretching, smearing and distorting ‘real’ time. The dancers' gestures and bodies, poised and isolated, gradually become intertwined, indistinguishable and frenetic – turbulent, mutated fragments that form and reform. A few frames of internal body image blast in as subliminal interventions or as momentary abstractions, leaving fleeting impressions of parallel structures – organisms, mutant animals, ghosts, mechanical insertions. The image processing creates new traces of movement that appear as blips in transmission or digital ‘vibrations’ where the body and its image tune–in, momentarily, then become ‘unplugged’ leaving behind traces of skin–print as after–images. Ultimately the image remains recognisably human, but only just.
Commissioned by Forma and Adelaide Film Festival