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INCIDENT ENERGY infrared video (trt: 30 mins.)
Jacob Pander and Marne Lucas
INCIDENT ENERGY is a 4 channel film by Jacob Pander and Marne Lucas filmed with heat-sensitive Thermal Imaging (infrared/IR) cameras, exploring themes of nature, culture and the body. By utilizing Range Phenomenology technology usually associated with military, border, or aerial surveillance, aiming to inspire contemplation by framing the luminous energy of the human body and offering a glimpse into visual worlds that are ever-present yet hidden from our perception. Thermal imaging details the subtle changes in heating and cooling surface temperatures, revealing the changing light in corporeal and inanimate objects; heat appears white and cold becomes black. By visualizing changing heat-signatures radiating from the body, one senses the temporal coalescence of ancient stellar energy in the form of living beings.
“We share a mutual fascination with the aesthetic of the human body and the intersection of technology within art and science; and how the advancement of surveillance technology continues to change cultural and human interaction - for better or worse - in practical, philosophical and creative ways.” -Lucas and Pander
A simple narrative weaves the cyclical nature of energy -from our galaxy to humanity- and the stark beauty of black and white infrared footage reveals the fragility of human existence within a creation drama; while combining the emotional theater of opera with eerie scientific observation. Contrasting the stark IR imagery with primal human movement, modern dance choreographer Jim McGinn and accompanying butoh performers Mizu Desierto and Douglas Allen appear as translucent primitive humans, like living alabaster sculptures in a timeless realm where bodies possess a simultaneous interiority/exteriority; as warm veins, cold extremities and breath are all visible (in real time, no special effects). Scenes filmed in nature and in contemporary settings reflect events and emotions of community, love, birth, conflict, decay and death unfolding against black snow-covered forests, empty beach landscapes and dense urban crowds, juxtaposed with vast solar, lunar and interstellar imagery.
INCIDENT ENERGY is a continuation of Lucas and Pander’s collaborative exploration of photography, film and videos spanning many years, most notably on their award winning IR short film, 'The Operation' (1995) depicting an otherworldly surgeon/patient coupling in an operation room theater. The result merged invasive surveillance technology and the body in the service of fine art and set the stage for a provocative expression of intimacy with a new way of observing both surface and subcutaneous energy; and has screened at numerous film festivals worldwide including the ICA London (UK), CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival (Denmark) and was awarded Best Experimental Film: 1995 New York Underground Film Festival.