Lineage (for Norman McLaren) (2019, 15:00, 16mm x 4)

“Lineage” is a loop-based “orchestral” film performance for four 16mm projectors. Using as a point of departure Norman McLaren’s abstract animations in “Lines Horizontal” as well as reworked footage from two documentary portraits of McLaren in his prime and in his later life, the film explores the ways in which abstract marks made in a variety of ways—laser printing and etching, contact printing and hand-processing—result in strange and surprising sounds. Those sounds and images are arranged into movements that range from a Steve Reich-influenced layered linguistic composition to drones to aggressive glissandos rendered in the alien electronic timbre of the abstract optical track.