The Name is not the Thing named

Deborah Stratman

2012 | 00:10:30 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Language, Poetry

In support of experiences that are essentially common, but to which language does not easily adhere, the video passes through places that are both themselves, and stand-ins for others. The title is taken from Aleister Crowley’s 1918 translation of the Tao Te Ching.

Camera, Edit, Sound Design: Deborah Stratman

Music: Eliane Radigue

 

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Prizes + Awards

Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (FestcurtasBH)

Premiere

Locarno Film Festival
Locarno
2012

Exhibitions + Festivals

Views from the Avant Garde, NYFF, NY - 2012

Chicago Underground Film Festival - 2013

Experiments in Cinema Festival, Albuquerque, NM - 2013

San Francisco International Film Festival - 2013

Museum of Modern Art, New York - 2013

Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (FestcurtasBH), Brazil - 2013

Bijou Cinema, Cal Arts, Valencia, CA - 2014

Stream Single Title

Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001

 

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001

 

 

Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung