Field Studies #3

Institute History

  • 2003 Sundance Film Festival


Stretching the conventional boundaries of film presentation, Field Studies #3 is a fully immersive cinematic installation/performance created by the collaborative trio, silt. The group will transform a large outdoor tent near Festival Headquarters into a dynamic cinematic environment. An exquisite density of moving pictures will fill the air as multiple projections on motile surfaces appear and disappear, hands articulate portable screens, and a gentle wind blows an image into place.

Field Studies #3 brings to light silt's phenomenological studies of northern California landscapes in which traces of birds, reptiles, insects, plants, and soil are fossilized biologically and photographically onto the film surface in a primordial mosaic.

Witnessing silt's performance is like entering a cabinet of curiosities as they manipulate film projectors like playable instruments, physically "performing" with the equipment, incorporating mirrors, liquid, lenses, natural materials, and their own bodies into the projections. The spatial aspect of the observer and the cinematic event undergoes metamorphosis, opening up new perceptual relationships and participatory experiences.

An exciting new experience for Sundance Film Festival audiences, silt's Field Studies #3 will indelibly change the viewer's relationship to the moving image in sublime and expansive ways.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details

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