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Abigail Child

United States

Grants Awarded

2017 | Film, Video, & Photography | Japan

for a two-month grant for a residency at Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo and to meet with artists and critics and conduct research for a new film in Japan


Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2017

November 9, 2017 - November 13, 2017

Houston Cinema Arts Festival is devoted to films by and about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. The Festival is a vibrant multimedia arts event that breaks out of the confines of the movie theater through live music and film performances, outdoor projections, and more.

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Special Event / Singapore

Singapore International Festival of the Arts

April 26, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Into its 41st year, Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018 presents diverse and distinctive works from Singapore and around the world that ignites the imagination, inspires myriad audiences, and provokes reflection and dialogue. Get ready for a plethora of theatre, music, dance, literary and visual arts at the pinnacle arts festival that will happen over three weekends from 26 April to 12 May, and across over ten performance spaces, including the Festival House, located at The Arts House.

ACC alumna and experimental filmmaker and poet Abigail Child premiere's one short and one feature length film on May 5.

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Grantee: Abigail Child

Daylight Test: Silent films 1977-79 Abigail Child (rare 16 mm film prints)

June 10, 2019

Some Exterior Presence 1977 Film (16mm), 9 min, color. My first experimental film, structured on the 4 handed nature of film and electron theory: original footage —“outtakes” from a television documentary I had directed in the spring of 1975 in South Bronx and Brownsville boroughs of New York City — manipulated, then optically printed, then manipulated again. 4X4x4

“The hands are at once linear——the parallel fingers moving across the table as though measuring lengths of film—as well as rounded and expressive, almost touching by the end of the work. These two extremes are somehow mediated by the figure in the white suit who forever undergoes the ritual of entering a dark doorway with linear slats of light. He stands or moves somewhere between these two domains: the exterior linear world and the other world which it houses, where exists the presence of softness and the possibility of touch…” Linda Dackman, Cinemanews 1977

 Peripeteia I 1977, film (16mm), 10 min, color. A landscape movie, filmed while living in the Oregon coastal rain forest, fall 1976. A digressive eco-attendance contrasting the camera’s fixed sight with in-site movement. Navigation ecstatically spiraling sunwards.

Peripeteia II 1978, Film (16mm), 10 min, color. Returning to and extending from Peripeteia I, a navigation by light, again contrasting the camera’s fixed sight with “in site” movement. A sculpture of glass, mirrors and film vies with the choreography of the cardinal points: dense shelter, rain, red emulsion. Filmed in the Oregon Coastal forest, June 1977.

 Daylight Test Section  1978 Film (16mm), 4 min, color. Recurring emergence of narrative. The “loaded “image becomes the determinant feature for reading otherwise unemotional footage; a first experiment in what is an ongoing investigation. 

Pacific Far East Line 1979, Film (16mm), 12min, color.Another landscape film, in this case urban. The work constructed from materials gathered over two years looking out at downtown San Francisco from a loft on Folsom Street. The elements are "folded" and mixed, Time redefines Space: the erector and helicopter appear as toys within a schizy motor-oil-ized ballet mechanique. 

Ornamentals   1979, Film (16mm), 10 min, color. In North Indian classical singing, the approach (up or down) to the note; also the bushes with red berries that grow in Northern California. Footage gathered over many years organized along the color spectrum in a structure of expansion. The concern is abstraction, surfacing representation, increasing connotation through what repeats in time and what is seen —shocks stretched on impressions’ edge to undermine habit.  The film was crucial to my understanding of composition, to my desire for an encyclopedic construction (the world out there) and reaffirmed my allegiance to rhythm. 

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