Fertilized by Fire
Film by Laura Zaylea, sound design by Jennifer Zaylea
Super-8mm and 16mm film on Digital Video
Fertilized by Fire is an experimental film that explores the spirits of nature, elements of sound, and the texture of hand-processed and hand-dyed film. The camera searches a landscape in which nature grows over a village of abandoned houses. In the image, moss and lichen create a new home out of structures once destroyed. In a parallel process on the surface of the film, chemical and organic dyes dismantle and recreate what we see, causing us to question its reality. The sound-scape includes field recordings, sometimes natural and sometimes set to music, that harmonize the disturbed pairing – or disturb the harmonic pairing – of what is natural and what is intentionally manipulated.
Unseen/Unsaid, The Climate Curatorial Collective, San Francisco, CA. February, 2009