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Women Cinemakers the virtual world with found material to create out of previous ones. German art critic and historian Michael Fried once stated that ' .' What were the properties that you were searching for in the footage that you include in your works? Maurice Merleau-Ponty said something similar, but went on to say that things ‘take on meaning’ through the arrangement of elements rather than specific ideas. I think this is a crucial part of how I work – it’s about how things are put together that generates meaning, being relational and part of a process, rather than a ‘thing’ in itself. I’m always looking for material that might be useful. Making time to browse and wander and collect ideas is important, to watch film, listen to music, read. To follow other people’s ideas, like David Lynch I just mentioned. And earlier this year it was Sally Potter, Chantal Akerman and her contemporaries. In practice, I get my virtual world material together, review it all, and see how it speaks to me. I rarely have a narrative structure in mind before I start, and in a 5-10 minute work, it is more about communicating emotion and ideas than a story. I then spend several hours looking for music that fits the mood I have in mind, usually from creative commons material on Free Music Archive. I then go back to editing, and the music then influences the pace and timing of the visuals. Editing for me is a process of reiteration, one part speaking to another, letting the relationships evolve until I feel the balance feels right. But it’s an awkward environment to work in – it won’t let me do exactly what I want to do. But I like having to work with constraints and problems that force me into thinking differently, unpredictably. wasn’t just the usual mix of visuals and music, as it needed to be fused with the literary material. I didn’t want to explain the characters immediately, so I set up a first visual section, followed by a textual and visual one, connected by the illuminated letters for each character. I took these from the British Library flickr

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