16mm film / Projection / Lecture/ Silent / 6 mins./ 2018.
In Ivan Vladislavich’s 1996 surrealist novel The Folly, two neighbors clear a plot of land into a tabula rasa to give way to their magnificent new structure. They frenzy over what is a utopian fictional place solely held by imagination, color, light, air, and mist. The film Mal-Fekata #2, inspired by the special effect and magic making techniques of early 20th century cinema, is where I become a frenzied builder myself - to imitate fragments of their imagination that appear and disappear in my studio. A set of series of constructed sets, actions, photographic prints, and lights is a place for me to “see.” In the end, there remained parallels between this story, myself (cast as the third builder), and the larger context it represents: the unknown, hope, madness, progress.