Current Wexner Center Media Arts Residency Award recipient Guy Maddin recently sent us a few screen grabs from his current project which will premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival in January. The work will be presented as a large public projection as part of an â€œUrban Screensâ€ initiative that includes Mexican director Carlos Reygadas among others.
As you can see from the images, the film features the dazzling Isabella Rossellini strapped into an electric chair. The inspiration, according to Guy, is his ongoing friendly argument with Isabella about Thomas Edison's greatest invention: Guy says the movie camera, Isabella, the electric chair. Hopefully this piece will settle the matter!
While the film Guy is shooting as part of his Wexner residency is just beyond the embryonic stage he thinks that some of his â€œshockingâ€ footage with Isabella will make it into his project for us. Bill Horrigan and I are attending the Rotterdam festival and we will be sure to post a full description of Guy's piece and everything else we see.
- Dave Filipi, Curator, Film/Video