Karissa Hahn (b.1992) is a visual artist who uses the mechanical devices of cinema to deconstruct former artifacts by physically transforming celluloid – an osmosis of digital manipulation & optical printing. Her work often employs a series of format transfers to birth digitally-native effects on film and homogenized products which have been referred to as ‘spectra ephemera.’ Karissa currently makes performative super 8 films, digital8 videos, installations, and 16mm pieces. Hahn has shown work around the globe in numerous cinemas, festivals, museums, and institutions.
Karissa has contributed to all of our previous conferences. Alas, won’t be able to attend CArtsCon 2017. However, we all look forward to enjoying the films she has submitted!
Here’s are descriptions of them–in Karissa’s own words:
Chipping Off, too
My nail polish is chipping off – and I’m scared that my nails – and then fingers, will start chipping off too….
This film relates to the idea of change as a gradual shift of attitude and light moves across the frame all while the character is ruminating the future.
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OH, canted angle….
a ‘collaboration’ or rather, a collusion of sorts…. as for my volition….I fall, you falter….
thinking about “A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros” by William Adolphe Bouguereau 1880
thinking about….suspense/tension, taking us down with me….
This film is a performance between camera and subject. A change in the way of thinking about collaboration in regards to maker and viewer, a new perspective.
Effigy in Emulsion
An artifact from a monumental occasion is examined. A photographer stole a frame of my stolen film! What could be uncovered in this washed out frame? A study in exposure change to un-develop a memory.
This is a found footage film where the storyline is ultimately changed by my interpretation and recreation. An ‘exposure change’
Such as the loading dial, REGAL aims to circulate and find its way back to the screen. Take this proxy and see that the ghost has become tangible.
Informed largely by: Hito Steyerl’s “In Defense of the Poor Image”
This film is an animation where I downloaded a policy trailer and recreated it on 16mm film. It speaks to the change in our current digital climate while trying to work with analogue filmmaking processes.
How can we edit a preplanned shoot in which one shot is planned to make it?
a staged shoot for the perfect shot without consideration of chance.
one roll of super 8 film, duration of 8 takes, 3 actions, 8 shots made
This film is a play on editing. It relates to the theme because with the notion of making the ‘perfect shot’ there is a certain amount of chance that ultimately has to get changed in editing.
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making a pot of tea, listening to the radio,
a sculpture of pose, a gesture incomplete
– no relief
a tea kettle boiling to silence is a petrified thought
air mattresses are the worst to fold up
This film is about the gradual change of a film set and its prop.