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THE TIME THAT REMAINS

The Time that Remains (2012)

2-channel digital video, 11:56 minutes

In this gothic melodrama, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis perpetually wake to find themselves haunted by their own apparitions and terrorized by markers of time. Isolated in their own screen space, each woman struggles to reclaim time from the gendered discourses of aging that conflates older women with a sense of expiration and invisibility.

The Time that Remains is the third 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: Humoresque (1946), Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), Jezebel (1934), Possessed (1947), Strait-Jacket (1964), The Letter (1940), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Music: Frédéric Chopin Nocturnes Op.9 No.2, Overlook Hotel As Time Goes By, Thomas Newman Mental Boy.

Gallery

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The Time that Remains (2012)
2-channel video installation
UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2013
Photo by David Lawrey

The Time that Remains (2012)
2-channel video installation
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, 2015
Photo by Rita Taylor

The Time that Remains (2012)
2-channel video installation
UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2013
Photo by David Lawrey

The Time that Remains (2012)
2-channel video installation
The Substation, Melbourne, 2015
Photo by Caitlin Littlewood