Interlude Docs

Doc 011: Dawn Kasper

Dawn Kasper, soundsound (2011) – digitized Super 8 sound film, 7:54

I once worked at a digital transfer house above the Cheesecake Factory in South Pasadena, CA.

I worked for a not nice stoner dude.
And a really not nice meth head.
The company was called Digital Pickle.
They would transfer every type of media to DVD.

I would transfer VHS, Super 8, 8mm, Super 16, and 16mm film. 

I spent months transferring and digitizing the home movies of one New York family. The entire collection of Super 8 sound film was some 20-plus hours of film.

In order to save time I would splice together all of the individual 3-minute Super 8 sound film reels into larger 20-minute reels for digitizing.

Super 8 film was about 3 minutes a reel.

This film is made from all of the film leader spliced and then randomly taped back together.

I do not know the family.
I watched every wedding, mothers day, birthday, and travel vacation film.

This film is really a sound piece.

Dawn Kasper is an interdisciplinary artist working across genres of performance, installation, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and sound. Kasper’s work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; ADN Collection, Bolzano, Italy; and Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon; among others. She is based in New York.


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