Caplan, Lana Z.

Lana Z. Caplan
US videomaker

biography
participant in
VideoChannel – US Video Art – 2010 curated by Alysse Stepanian (USA/Iran)

Video title:
“In ruins, we rebuild with memories buried in the foundation”2006; 10:46; b/w & color, super 8 and 16mm transferred to digital video, with sound – Audio by Daniel Coughlin

synopsis
“In ruins, we rebuild with memories buried in the foundation” is a ten-minute 2-channel film originally shot over five years on super 8 mm film. The final form screened here is a single channel digital video, scored by Daniel Coughlin. During the transfer process from S-8 to video, some of the footage was blown up to 16 mm on the optical printer. This footage was then burned with a soldering iron to create melted holes in people from cities around the world (Beijing, New York, London, and Paris), as they rise from subway stairs and escalators. This imagery is combined with footage from the natural world, cyclical events, migration and destructive forces, in an effort to look to nature to understand how we can go on with chaos, destruction and loss as part of our lives. We do go on, streams of people carrying their holes, generation after generation.