"Something between a tribute, a remake, and a singular, standalone piece, Her Ghost radically reworks Marker’s original film into a far darker, steadfastly unsentimental yet sublime assault on the senses "- Fact Magzine

"The team’s decision to make a more emotional, abstract work out of the events described in La Jetée is a triumph of multimedia performance" - arcfinity

"The gritty processed photography and illustration, Kode9′s rumbling sound design and the straight up gravitas of Ms. Haptic’s live narration made for a super-engaging performance that actually spoke to film as a medium rather than simply appropriating stylistic conventions from it" - creativeapplications.net

"Her Ghost isn't just an exhumation of a cultural artifact, polished and presented to a new generation of film students; it's a painstaking decoding, and you could say, a purposefully unravelled mess, reassembled in a format that in some strange way brings that “fateful” day on the jetty into another future "- motherboard

‘Her Ghost’ with kode9, MFO, Ms Haptic

‘Her Ghost’ is a live audiovisual homage to Chris Marker’s classic sci-fi film ‘La Jetee’, co-created by Myself and Marcel Weber (working together as MFO), Kode9 and Ms Haptic.

The work is not a ‘remix’, rather a re-imagining. The script has been completely rewritten from the woman’s perspective, creating a parallel narrative to La Jetée that works harmoniously with events and characters in the original film, yet pushes the story forwards into the future. The performance is narrated live by Ms Haptic.

In addition to co-Directing and script-writing, I developed a dark, retro-futurist aesthetic for the video’s post-apocolyptic 2nd Act, where mankind is forced to live beneath the earth in bunkers and time-travel experiements are carried out on the citizens. The effects, post-processing and animation was done live in custom-built software patches, the signal then sent to an old 80’s Commodore monitor, manipulated further and re-filmed to be used in the live performance.

The imagery needed to convey the claustrophobia, angst and despair of this bunker world, where desperately implemented technology, broken and imperfect, controls the existence, hearts and minds of it’s subjects. One of our main aesthetic concepts was Moiré; the interference, and conflict of perception between imaging technologies aswell as our human biology. We worked alot on generating and animating Moiré patterns in each stage of production workflow; computer imagery, monitor, camera.

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Director: Lucy Benson, Marcel Weber.
DPI, Cinematography and Visual FX: Lucy Benson, Marcel Weber
Script: Lucy Benson, Marcel Weber, Kode9, Ms Haptic
Soundtrack: Kode9
Narration: Ms Haptic

The work was originally commissioned by Unsound Festival.

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