• Green Lady

Baseman, Jordan, 2011, Art or design object, Green Lady

Abstract or Description:

Baseman developed and produced the film ‘Green Lady’ as an outcome of his residency at St John’s College, University of Oxford in 2011. ‘Green Lady’ is a 16mm film presenting abstracted images syncopated to the voice of an anonymous narrator. Baseman experiments with using in-camera motion techniques, relinquishing the boundaries of control within a process of image making in a collision of representation and abstraction. The narrator tells an emotive account of the death of her mother, tales of the mysterious ‘Green Lady’ that they both encountered in Oxford, and her thoughts on the afterlife and the paranormal. Arts Council England awarded funds for the production of an accompanying artist’s publication, titled ‘1973’ (2011).

The narrative soundtrack for ‘Green Lady’ and the texts for ‘1973’ were produced using the same interview method: questions were asked, conversations were recorded over many hours, edited, distilled and then represented as continuous moments. The end result is a story being told, almost as if from a script, but spoken naturalistically because the origins are from spontaneous moments. The works retain the immediacy of the initial recordings, yet possess a narrative arc: a constructed tale from various conversations over a period of time. ‘Green Lady’ and ‘1973’ explore the ways in which interview-based narratives can be conjoined with visual abstraction within the structure of a film and an artist’s publication.

The film premiered in association with Matt’s Gallery (London) in November 2011 at the Genesis Cinema, London. Baseman was invited by Michael Stanley, Director of Modern Art Oxford, to install the film and the publication in The Story Museum, Oxford (2012). ‘Green Lady’ was selected for the Oaxaca International Film Festival (2012), Athens International Film and Video Festival (2013) and Fargo Film Festival (Winner Best Experimental Film) (2013).

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 16:13
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 15:45
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1568
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