Crossing / Ellen Lake

"Crossing" is a short video exploring the evolution of technology and the fluid nature of time and space. This new video is an extension of a work-in-progress, “Film at 11,” a multi-platform project combining vintage home movies with digital media today to explore relationships between past/present and the perception of time/memory. For a brief period (1939-1942) the diacetate Kodachrome film produced lush color that appears today perfectly preserved, as opposed to triacetate film (post 1942) that does not hold up nearly as well. I’ve been mining 16mm films from that picture-perfect era to use in new work that explores time and technology. This series involves staged interventions that combine contemporary elements with old films and film stills to create digital prints and short animations. For “Crossing,” I’m taking two figures, holding hands and crossing a road (filmed in 1939) and shooting site-specific footage in San Jose and combining those elements for the urban screen.

September 15, 2012, 11am - 6pm
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Ellen Lake

lives and works in Oakland, CA

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Ellen Lake is an artist working with old and new media. Thinking about the rapid evolution in technology, how often something is lost to make way for something new, her projects connect obsolete technology and the ever-widening range of technological media available today. Ellen received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2002. She is a recipient of a 2012 Experimental Media Arts Lab residency at Stanford University, 2009 Sarah Jacobson Film Grant and 2005/2006 Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Award. Work from her latest series combining vintage home movies with cell phone and digital media today has shown at the Walker Art Center, Exit Art, Heaven Gallery, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon, and Multiplexer Space, has screened at film festivals such as the Disposable Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and is currently traveling the globe with the Cologne International Videoart Festival. She works as the Grants Manager at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA.