Freya Hattenberger

2009, 02:51 minutes, colour


On the one hand the title of the video "Pilot" refers to the technical background of the material. It was shot in Paris with an old Camcorder, which produced such image interference after a downfall on the stairs at Palais de Tokyo. The camera became an instrument of malfunction, recording and displaying puzzling signals like during a night flight. The phantom image and artefacts are starring in "Pilot", besides my sleeping friend, who fell into dreaming whilst sitting upright.

On the acoustic level I used the original soundtrack, consisting of surprisingly beautiful scratchy and cracking noises of the damaged tape deck and digital distortion. Of its own volition the sound is musically geared to the input of the image content. The outcome of the montage is a completely unique composition, enforcing the melody of the defect.

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