BLOD, BLOD(y), BLOD
Kersti Grunditz Brennan, annika boholm
BLOD, BLOD(y), BLOD – an exposition of recurring processes, trails and building blocks of the film and research project BLOD through the lens of its methods; its manifesto.
The research is actively looking through a feminine lense
– cyclic, spiraling, ‘rhizomatic’, kaleidoscopic, layered –
in states of FEMMES:
Breaching one’s FOLD by grabbing its bottom, turning inside out.
Continuously returning to Daddy Lacan’s claim; again (encore) is the world’s most EROTIC word. In Swedish: igen och igen.
Affording MONSTERS shocking light of day – unleashing inner creative beasts.
Attempting to rewire and relearn – repetition as the MOMMY of learning.
Listening to ECHOES of (feminine) experience reverberating through time and space.
Obsessively picking at SCARS of life and story.
BLOD is a site for research on transboundary content, collaboration and aesthetics in cinematic storytelling.
Storytelling - weaving, multiplicity, intersecting storylines, reflexive, pulsating, spiral progression, revisiting...
Content – blood, sex, birth and rebirth, loss and death, recurring states, visceral identification, physical commonality...
Aesthetics – repetitive, recycling, returning, folding back on itself...
Collaboration - replacing, transgressing, rehearsing, noncompromising, diversifying...
Cinematic – Image as reinterpretation. Moving image as restructuring of past and present. Combination of image and sound – sites, words and actions – as reframing and reconstruction of perceived reality and events...
This practice based research makes its outcomes reproducible via the mediums of its artistic practice - making the process of creating visible as stories in the films themselves, making the connections and interactions of the research's building blocks; ideas, places, materials, people, time, experiences, technologies; felt through the design of the exposition.
To enjoy this exposition - move around it with your mouse, follow dotted paths and layout trajectories our from the center, linger on images and videos. Hover over numbers and words in BOLD to reveal expanding texts. Linger on images and videos for captions, translations and instructions for further interaction. Along the outer rim of the exposition are spiral buttons to take you back to the center with a click.
The exposition is in English and Swedish with English translation.
Beyond Cut and Join - Expanding the creative role of film editing
Kersti Grunditz Brennan
The research project Beyond Cut and Join – Expanding the creative role of film editing comes out of two major observations over decades of professional film editing experience: that a lot of film editing’s potential is untapped in filmmaking, especially in relation to character creation; and that editors’ skills, influence and authorial participation often are misunderstood and undervalued. Through editing practice and writing, this research explores an expanded role of editing by asking: 1. what can editing do to create characters; 2. what is a useful and challenging creative research design for exploring editing; and 3. what expanded description of film editing can be articulated for these explorations. The project aims to share, refine, and add to editing vocabulary by articulating creative strategies for shaping characters. It further aims to challenge notions of authorship in cinema by developing collaborative structures and artistic methods that benefit creative processes in the edit room. By demonstrating how significant the handprint of one individual editor is, the project’s final aim is to highlight the extent to which editors’ personal experiences influence their choices in composition of material. Outcomes of this project are filmmaking methods that place editing and collaboration in the forefront when weaving dramaturgy, aesthetics, and content creation processes that shape film characters and cinematic stories.
The output of this research includes films, academic articles, personal essays, a video essay, and pedagogic applications. These outputs cumulatively demonstrate the artistry of the editor and the significance of editing.