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NOTHING BROKE BUT THE HEART

computer animation and digital video, Music: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
6:55 min. BetaSP © 1994



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Synopsis

Modern, cold, invasive... none-the-less, state-of-the-art electronic medical technologies; EPI scans with huge electromagnets, computers, film, and video, have allowed me to create very literal invocations of metaphors that have existed since the age of the Troubadours.

Nothing Broke but the Heart compulsively, hypnotically runs through distorted icons of "love", heart always "center screen". A chaos of color and light, individual frames flash like memories. These hearts - hearts of stone, burning hearts, wooden hearts, "mutated" hearts, hearts that are only words - are punctuated throughout the video by medical images of my body's real heart - breathing, pumping, catching in its rhythm.

This video uses the hardness, the rationality of electronic technology and its processes - the antithesis of emotion - as the language with which to express emotion.

Prizes

Best Video Production
Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
Festival der Jugend

50 Best
Deutscher Videokunstpreis, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany

Third Prize,
Art Category
Prix Pixel INA 1995

Screenings

Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
Touring Program (since 1995)
Oberhausen, Germany

Permanent Collection, University of California, Santa Cruz, California USA

2011
WINDOWS II
Projektraum des Deutschen Künstlerbundes
Berlin, Germany

2009
Directors Lounge 2009
Scala, Berlin, Germany

2003
New Media Art Festival
ChiangMai, Thailand

1997
Good and Bad Machines
Academy of Media Arts
Cologne, Germany

Festival International du Film de Femmes, Créteil, France
1996
Pandemonium London Festival of Moving Images
ICA London, England

Bilbao Festival
Bilbao, Spain

Videoforms
Cedex, France

Festival International du Film de Femmes
Créteil, France

1995
London Animation + Effects Festival London, England

2. Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany

ISEA '95
Montreal, Canada

SIGGRAPH 95
Computer Animation Festival
Los Angeles, USA

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
Filmothek der Jugend
Oberhausen, Germany

9th Fringe Film & Video Festival Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Prix Pixel INA, Imagina
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Festival Internacional de Video Cidade de Vigo, Vigo, Spain

1994
Viper Intern. Film & Video Festival
Lucern, Switzerland

Deutscher Videokunstpreis
ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

Freiburger Video Forum
Freiburg, Germany

Press

Tritschler, Johannes C."Die Bilder der Zauberlehrlinge", Journal Film 28, 1994/95, page 71

This work was created during a fellowship at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne 

© Clea T. Waite 1994