World Trade Alphabet


Rental Format(s): 35mm film

MATERIALS: OIL, CHARCOAL, INK ON PAPER EMULSION*, ON 35MM FILM

Process: Film begins with primitive carving into handmade paper emulsion of ancient cuneiform glyphs, evolves into painting and drawing of glyphs, them floating type, using digital print-out of helvetica type and concludes with multi-material words: World Trade Alphabet.

PLEASE NOTE: NO "LETTRASET" WAS USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM: ALL HELVETICA TYPE AND IT'S FILMIC FLOW WAS DESIGNED, KERNED AND DIGITALLY OFFSET ACETATE BY THE FILMMAKER.

Theme: A Visual Meditation on the evolution of the alphabet which we use, it's origins in ancient Phoenicia, and the fact that it was invented as a shorthand from 360+ character cuneiform to better the efficiency of communication in ancient international world trade. Made at the MacDowell Colony. Purchase, 2001, the Museum of Modern Art Film Archive.

ExhibIted: Gulf & Western Gallery, NYU, NY; Exit Art, The Third World, NYC, NY; Anthology Film Archives; Art Vanguard Gallery, NY.

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35mm film $60.00  

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