From Here to Eternity (2013)

Installation view From Here to Eternity 10

 

From Here to Eternity is a photographic project made up of 50 still images taken from Hollywood films made between the heavily censored golden age of cinema in the early 1900s to the 1960s era of sexual liberation. These films include From Here to Eternity (1953), Some Like it Hot (1959), Another Time Another Place (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Goldfinger (1964); each image represents a coded sex scene, an implicit suggestion of ‘romantic’ activity used to get around censorship. Ordinarily these scenes would disappear in the flow of the filmic narrative, but their digitisation means that these moving images can very quickly become still and photographic. In this project, the moving images are stilled and transformed from digital files to transparency film and presented on an outmoded Kodak slide projector. 

The digitisation of historical celluloid films has created an archive of cinematic styles, narratives and censorship. When viewing these historical films today, certain styles of movie making become increasingly visible, particularly scenes that were suppressed by censors. This project uses photography to draw attention to this subtle, implicit language of filmmaking. This project considers the way that the implicit language used in these films is often overlooked when compared to the explicit presentation of sexuality in the contemporary era. It shows that outmoded photographic objects and technologies can help us understand the ways that cultures make stories about their bodies. 

 

From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
E6 slide film transferred from DVD
From Here to Eternity (2013), installation detail
From Here to Eternity (2013), installation detail
E6 slide film transferred from DVD
Another Place Another Time (from the series From Here to Eternity)
Another Place Another Time (from the series From Here to Eternity)
E6 slide film transferred from DVD
Brief Encounter (from the series From Here to Eternity)
Brief Encounter (from the series From Here to Eternity)
E6 slide film transferred from DVD
North by Northwest (from the series From Here to Eternity)
North by Northwest (from the series From Here to Eternity)
E6 slide film transferred from DVD
From Here to Eternity (from the series From Here to Eternity 2013)
From Here to Eternity (from the series From Here to Eternity 2013)
E6 slide film transferred from DVD
Casablanca (from the series From Here to Eternity)
Casablanca (from the series From Here to Eternity)
E6 slide film transferred from DVD
Goldfinger (from the series From Here to Eternity)
Goldfinger (from the series From Here to Eternity)
E6 slide film transferred from DVD
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
E6 slide film transferred from DVD


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