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A+X+M (2010)

And now you are here again. No, this isn't the right ending. I'd like you to begin. It's the one who starts who wins.

A + X + M was filmed and subsequently installed in the print-workshop at Wimbledon College of Art. An unseen narrator, also the print-technician, recalls standing on the rooftop of a building, witness to the coming of an event of epic proportion. In another scene, a conversation next to a photo-exposure unit is remembered. In yet another, a game or many games, are played. There are always three winners. The script of the film was produced in parallel to a chemical process developing photo-etch plates - details of video stills taken from Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's film collaboration Last Year at Marienbad (1961). It evolved from a number of conversations with Lesley Sharpe, the print technician at Wimbledon College of Art, during which time it became apparent that we had experienced an identical, apocalyptic dream. Between the script and the film, certain themes converged: the distance in experience and recall, and the physical entropy in the print-process that might generate new possibilities. There is an uncertain but potent relationship between each narrative strand. Each, like a player in a complex game, moves across a grid in an attempt to resolve itself. Within the installation space, light entering through interior and exterior windows was filtered through UV-stop amber gels, the colour of ferric-chloride. The film was projected on a loop in a room behind the etch-baths.

Introduction by Alain Robbe-Grillet to Last Year at Marienbad: a cine novel (1961) >>>


A + X + M (2010) 9 min 45 sec, DV, colour, stereo. It was originally shown as a looped projection as part of an installation in the print workshop at Wimbledon College of Art, 2010. It has since been screened for Last Friday Shorts at METAL Village Green and TAPS, Southend on Sea, 2010, and as part of Autumn School in collaboration with Anna Lucas and Giles Eldridge, Tate Modern, London, 2013. Images: 1 - 7, film stills; 8 - 11, installation details, Wimbledon College of Art, 2010.