"Mistakes are a gift to begin to imagine." - Stéphane Mallarmé
In SOME MISTAKES I HAVE MADE, Janis Crystal Lipzin re-imagines almost fifty years of Super-8mm, 8mm, 16mm and half-inch video outtakes, experiments, accidents, processing errors and unplanned occurrences calling attention to the constructed nature of representation. Do these recordings of past failures reveal any new meanings?
The film was inspired and preceded by an artist book of the same title made in 2018 in which the filmmaker repurposed the residue of a tool that was used to create documents for most of the twentieth century: the typewriter. Lipzin was fascinated with the innovation of correction tape that magically lifted typed errors off the page and she saved many reels of tape from those times before using a computer.
How often do we get to see our mistakes in life graphically represented?