THE HUMMINGBIRD WARS
JANIE GEISER • 10m
A theatrical fiction, collapsing time-and-place: turn-of-the-last-century performers apply stage makeup as if for war, to engage in battle for the soul of the world. The injuries are more emotional than physical but cut deeply just the same. A visual/aural collage film, THE HUMMINGBIRD WARS suggests theater in a time of war (which is the theater of any time).
“THE HUMMINGBIRD WARS is a dense collage comprising nineteenth-century photographs of stage actors, theater makeup, Japanese masks, flowers in various states of decay, an autobiographical text and a World War I first-aid book. Unveiled via a dynamic deployment of cutout black mattes, whose flitting about the frame perhaps mimes that of the titular hummingbird, the images are both free-associative and recurrent, complicated through each new, interlocking cluster, as well as by an equally evocative audio track. Like the artist making her way through the paradoxical interrelations of history, art and consciousness, the hummingbird gently traverses the clash of images that flesh out Geiser’s mesmerizing tapestry." - Tony Pipilo, Art Forum (reviewing NYFF Projections)
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