Xenoi

Deborah Stratman

2016 | 00:15:20 | Greece / United States | English | Color | Stereo | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Expedition/Travel, Landscape, Mixed media

The Greek island of Syros is visited by a series of unexpected guests. Immutable forms, outside of time, aloof observants to our human condition.

"Panoramically panning across beaches, caves and seascapes, Stratman shows a series of landscapes devoid of inhabitants, before inexplicably filling each space dramatically with a host of computer-generated, levitating, diamond-shaped objects that shimmer with light and radiate color. These structures, generated to conform to some kind of oblique mathematical formula, oscillate their form to an audience of none, alongside a host of disorientating, bellowing sound effects."

— Matt Turner, Documentary Magazine, 2017

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Premiere

CPH:DOX
Copenhagen
2017

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