IT MIGHT BE GONE, IT MIGHT BECOME (work title) • Research project
As a child, Liza Wolters was fascinated by live television, and how a random noise or movement could knock a scripted broadcast off-kilter. That tension, the role of chance in daily life, even outside of TV, has formed the basis for her O&O application: what do you need in order to (re)capture an original, impactful, live moment on film? The research is founded on the reconstruction of “live” moments she has experienced, and what is left of them once recorded. “Can (the memory of) an original moment be preserved, or does it change in a fundamental way as the memory is cinematographically reconstructed?” Just like her earlier work, Wolters’ cinematic work is made up of fragmentary snapshots of everyday scenes and encounters, details from reality. More often than not, a moment will fade away before you get the chance to capture it. That’s why she’s started putting events into words, in order to film ten or twenty of these moments – an entirely new approach for her.
Wolters’ practice comprises photography, video, text, installation and publications. She filters a universal quality from everyday details through abstraction, framing, and rearranging. Balancing between recognisable features and the abstraction thereof, she puts the tension between direction and chance in daily life at the centre. The presentation of her work shows the captured footage coming together in an assemblage with itself and the surroundings. Individual fragments momentarily coincide in a new momentum.
Wolters began her O&O research by selecting and processing filmable moments, and approached other creators and experts to talk about the role of memory. She is also collaborating with various directors of photography, technical assistants and a sound designer. Their interpretations have an inevitable influence on the memories and the way they are filmed – a key part of the collaboration and research in its own right.
The pandemic caused a delay in the process while also casting her themes in a new light: fleeting moments of physical proximity which may no longer be taken for granted. She will finish the first phase of filming this year, and is building a website intended to serve as a growing and ongoing database for the project.
- Originally in Dutch written version by Sandra Smets for CBK Rotterdam, who kindly granted the project with a research & development subsidy.
English translation by Lenne Priem.
Filmstill from one of the already reconstructed moments, in collaboration with D.O.P. Joris Peskens