occhiolino

Excessive microscopic seeing. That might be the main idea behind the images in occhiolino, Michaela Grill’s and Sophie Trudeau’s finale to their five-part found footage series. Or rather, behind the appropriated material from a 1920s scientific film that has been condensed here to an enchanting audio-visual weave. One believes that what they’re becoming aware of from out of the darkness is a huge eye, while a harmonious-minimalist pulsating synth sound provides the beat. What seems to be a blinking eye is, though, in fact, massively enlarged views of a cell dividing, which nonetheless does not at all dampen the magic of the “entoptic” phenomenon produced here. The pseudo-pupil presents itself—in the figurative sense—as a makeshift vessel for all kinds of cellular, even molecular structures whose transience is held together at the sound level by well-tempered string chords. A comb-like web briefly begins to solidify but is immediately torn away again by rapid staccato fire. The process intensifies further, whereby joining the illusion of it steadily becoming larger is a simultaneous semblance of increasingly deeper penetration into the matter. Horizontal image splitting and subsequent re-calibration underscore the inner dynamics of this visual profundity—of the submersion in the dissecting gaze. And in the final third, as a bewitching beat begins to draw everything under its spell and successively decelerate it musically, we see the bravely throbbing mass that is billowing within itself, gradually calm down. A supposed “little eye” (occhiolino), although the micro-optics depicted therein quite large—and in Grill’s und Trudeau’s treatment, equipped with immense allure whose force our own vision has great difficulty evading. (Christian Höller

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
occhiolino
Year
2022
Countries
Austria, Canada
Duration
11 min
Director
Michaela Grill
Category
experimental
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
occhiolino_1 (Image)
occhiolino_2 (Image)
occhiolino_3 (Image)
Credits
Director
Michaela Grill
Music
Sophie Trudeau
Production
Michaela Grill, Sophie Trudeau
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour