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THE PHOENIX PORTAL

The Phoenix Portal (2005)

Digital video, 4:56 minutes

In this trans-temporal science fiction, a young River Phoenix from the film The Explorers (1985) opens a wormhole to contact his older self in My Own Private Idaho (1991). Haunted by the spectre of Phoenix's death in 1993, The Phoenix Portal summons the paranormal power of recorded media to collapse time and reanimate the dead.

This is the first work in the Dark Matter series, an ongoing cycle of video installations that are concerned with personal and historical experiences of time, and how these relations are mediated by screen technologies. Begun in 2005, each work in this series takes the form of a séance fiction where encounters are staged between the past and future selves of a deceased screen star.

The Dark Matter series emerges from ongoing research into cultural theories of hauntology, which also informs the live video essay The Carousel (2011).

 

Materials: Donnie Darko (2001), Explorers (1985), Hackers (1995), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Tron Legacy VFX concept test (2009), Videodrome (1983). Music: Buffalo Daughter 303 Live, Cornelius Magoo Opening, Michael Andrews Manipulated Living, Michael Andrews Ensurance Trap, Trent Reznor Videodrones; Questions.

Gallery

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The Phoenix Portal (2005)
Single channel video installation
UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2013
Photo by David Lawrey

The Phoenix Portal (2005)
Single channel video installation
UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2013
Photo by David Lawrey

The Phoenix Portal (2005)
Single channel video installation
UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2013
Photo by David Lawrey

The Phoenix Portal (2005)
Single channel video installation
The Substation, Melbourne, 2015
Photo by Matt Murphy