A performance on the life of Mr. ROMAN, a life that was recorded in a do it yourself way on the 8 mm format. 8 film rolls showing the life of an unknown family became one of the film materials used in the work on the piece Ekran. This homemade film is now being used as a central material in a project named Mr. Roman.
The found footage was not digitalized and is presented in its original form, that is, as a direct, physical, witness of the recorded events. A new dynamics achieved by the division of the recorded material on two projectors (Martin Ježek) offers a new perspective on the found footage, otherwise presented totally unchanged. The project aims at keeping the film rolls as much is their original length as possible, not choosing only the action scenes or selecting only certain parts to modify the narrative.
Mr. ROMAN stands for a second part of a loose trilogy of pieces not using computers or other machines based on software or including integrated circles. The projection is accompanied by live music played on pre-digital electrophonic instruments.
“Mr. Roman was born, grew up, and finally was left alone inside a prefab flat roughly between 1955-1981, while his father recorded all that time in a way “I only film what I can see in front of the camera” – a flat event for two 8mm projectors, two slide projectors, an electric organ, a guitar and noises.”
Location: Kino Ponrepo, Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 7pm. 30. October 2014.