A feature-length mash-up of two Psychos
My open project is a continuation of my found footage project. I combined the entireties of both Psycho films using the same style and processes that I used on the shower scene Schizo. I was motivated by the desire to emulate the feature-film format and to place this video art of found footage manipulation into the context of feature-length entertainment cinema in the hope of presenting it to the general public in a format they can readily relate to. Thereby I would like to naturalize for the audience this style of film - doubled image and sound, a composite of two films yet where each is readily discernible and can be followed individually. There will be a showing of the film on May 10th at 7 pm in Wilson 102.
This film takes the shower scene from Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Psycho and superimposes it on that of Hitchcock's original. The speed and opacity of the remake have been variably altered to create rhythms and effects between the two films, though otherwise the scene is presented exactly as it is on the consumer-release DVDs. The artist may consider applying this technique to the entirety of both films to create a feature-length Schizo.
Schizo is interested in raising questions surrounding the concept of a remake, in particular: Why is the remake a socially-validated mode of cultural production while other forms of appropriative creation (such as this film, for example) are not?
Schizo is also interested in the interplay between these two sets of images. It seeks out the history and influence that transpire between the original film and the remake---the ghosts of the original that linger around its successor. It seeks to evoke at times a synchrony between the two, at times a call-and-response in one direction or the other.
The film is also interested in combining film sources in a way other than montage. The two film clips are treated like instrumental tracks whose speeds and volumes are varied to construct a song. The internal edits of each are overlaid on one another to produce a sort of polyrhythmic groove.