THE MESSENGER

Soundtrack for an unfinished film, and its original script   /   HD video. 2016   /   The unused 35mm filmstrip of unfinished Russian film The Messenger turned into several musical instruments in order to create its soundtrack.

In 2002, an avalanche killed Russian actor and filmmaker Sergei Bodrov Jr. together with 48 members of his crew, whilst filming the early scenes for his film The Messenger. The footage captured during the shoot remained intact in the body of a camera; the final frames of the filmstrip remain unused, the scenes never to be shot. The same physical strip of unused 35mm film is turned into a musical instrument; the soundtrack for the unseen film is produced.

In 2002, an avalanche killed Russian actor and filmmaker Sergei Bodrov Jr. together with 48 members of his crew, whilst filming the early scenes for his film The Messenger.

The footage captured during the shoot remained intact in the body of a camera; the final frames of the filmstrip remain unused, the scenes never to be shot. The same physical strip of unused 35mm film is turned into a musical instrument; the soundtrack for the unseen film is produced.

Score and Performance – Raul Masu
Cinematography and Editing – Louis Henderson
A work by Oscar Santillan

Research for The Messenger was possible thanks to the support of Alanica International Symposium (Russia)
The research in the Caucasus succeeded thanks to the generous openness of actor Aslanbek Galaov, filmmaker Soslan Makiev, and leader of the rescue team Constantine Gerapov.


THE WHISPERER

Event documented on video  /  2014  /  A bird sound is embodied by a long human chain.


Accompaniment

Event documented on HD Video/  2’04”  /  2012
The band creates a composition for a falling leaf. In the forest they look out for it and play the song while it falls.

Musicians: Colin Clary (guitar) David Zacharis (bass) John Flanagan (guitar) Mike O'Brien (drums).  |  Production by Elliott Katz and Seven Below.  |  A work by Oscar Santillan


CORRESPONDANCES (AFTER CHARLES BAUDELAIRE)

Live event documented on video/  2013/  By following a data visualization system an opera singer transforms the cracks of a building into sound


The Wandering Kingdoms

Live event at an abandoned park
Five musicians hidden in the wilderness -each playing a different instrument- interpret
a composition based on the sound of birds that populated that area in the past  /  2013


The Wandering Kingdoms

Installation  /  photochemical prints on aluminum plates, paper publication, and audio  /  2013  /  This work is meant to operate as a documentation setting of the public performance

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