2010, Video, 05:00
‘Lyrical Nitrate’ (1991), a film by Peter Delpeut, is composed of old found-film fragments. These were still printed on nitrate film, which is a delicate material. Not only is it highly flammable, but it also can’t withstand the decay of time. As the film progresses, the image further and further degrades until the separation between the image and the substrate dissolves. An incomplete file of this film is a contemporary form of degradation. It plays a game, just like the sensitive nitrate, with the disappearance and reappearance of the image.
Thanks to Peter Delpeut, Anouk De Clercq, Edwin Carels
Read a (Dutch) article about the work here