MONØGRAM. Single-Channel. HD. 11:06 Minutes. Color. Sound. 2014.
The Camera is positioned on a tripod at the farthest point from the rear of the absolute center of the cyclorama.
The piece is Structured as series of passes.
Each pass is a single take.
Each pass is consistent in speed / duration.
Each pass begins with the camera zoomed in to the rear wall of the cyc.
The camera then zooms out for 20 seconds, to the point that reveals the maximum possible widest framing of the cyc.
When it reaches that point, the camera holds still for 15 seconds.
The camera then zooms back in for 20 seconds, to the rear wall of the cyc.
The passes follow a relay pattern through three Cycles of solos, pairs and trios.
Each cycle reconfigures the possible combinations / permutations of 3 actors through positions that maintain, carry over or switch.
Each cycle is made distinct through shifts or adjustments to action and wardrobe. POV, Framing, Marks, Camera Movement, Speed / Durations, Exposure and Lighting remain constant.
All Action aggregates along the central axis of the cyc.
Orientation is frontal towards the camera.
As the camera zooms out, the actor(s) enter from the side(s) of the cyc.
As the camera zooms in, the actor(s) exit to the side(s) of the cyc.
The entrance and exit movements include a pause or two while feeling out the space, the distance between actors and the distance relative to the zoom, while moving towards and away from the marks - these movements will vary from pass to pass.
Orientation for entrance movements is towards the camera.
Orientation for exit movements includes a few steps walking away from the camera, a turn and / or a few steps walking backwards facing towards the camera.
Entrances, Holds and Exits will be cued.
As the camera zooms out, the configurations of solo, pair or trio coalesce.
Three marks in a row will be located at the point of a tight full body frame (frame on Christen).
Once at their marks, actors take their positions, gaze to the camera / viewer and hold for 15 seconds.
These holds while still are not static or frozen.
As the camera zooms back in, the configurations of solo, pair or trio disperse.
Lighting is bright, flat and cool.
Audio is ambient - foot steps, movement and breath.
Wardrobe is solid black, black with texture or detail, off black, black dominant prints; each actor has two looks with variations (change of shoes, sleeves rolled up or down, blouse buttoned or unbuttoned); One look for 2 consecutive cycles.
1st Cycle - neutral / neutral
Pass #1 - Stacey - middle, standing
Pass #2 - Stacey & Christen - left, standing / middle, standing (dress)
Pass #3 - Stacey & Christen & Steven - left, standing / middle, standing (dress) / right, sitting
Pass #4 - Christen & Steven - right, standing (dress) / middle, sitting
2nd Cycle - neutral / warm
Pass #5 - Steven - middle, standing
Pass #6 - Steven & Stacey - left, standing / middle, standing (dress) - hold hands*
Pass #7 - Steven & Stacey & Christen - left, standing / middle, standing (dress) - hold hands* / right, sitting
Pass #8 - Stacey & Christen - right, standing (dress) / middle, sitting - Christen glance at Stacey*
3rd Cycle - neutral / fierce
Pass #9 - Christen - middle, standing
Pass #10 - Christen & Steven - left, standing / middle, standing (short sleeves)
Pass #11 - Christen & Steven & Stacey - left, standing / middle, standing (short sleeves) / right, sitting
Pass #12 - Steven & Stacey - middle, sitting / right, standing (short sleeves)
Actors: Christen Clifford, Stacey Karen Robinson, Steven Rattazzi
DP, Post Production, Conform: Sarah Lasley
AC: Aylon Ben-Ami
Production Manager: Nick Rymer
PA: Elana Steinberg
Still Photographer: Nathan Fitch
Audio Mix: Paul Geluso
Director, Editor, Producer: Alix Pearlstein
Filmed at Acme Studio, Brooklyn NY
Installation View with Untitled (After Monøgram) - Samsøn, Boston
Alix Pearlstein, MONØGRAM | Samsøn, Boston