Here & Elsewhere

In Here & Elsewhere, two synchronized videos are projected side by side, creating a vertical seam where they meet. What might be called the project’s "narrative" revolves around an interview between an older man who remains off camera (British film critic and theoretician Peter Wollen) and a thoughtful ten year old girl (his daughter Audrey). Periodically the visuals cut away to quotidian interior shots of the girl at home and exterior locations in and around Los Angeles. Although the video is structured as a loop, the questions the girl is asked trace a series of themes, each of which builds on the preceding dialogue. As the interview unfolds, their conversation touches on history, memory, intersubjectivity, temporality, epistemology and photography. Wollen’s questions are loosely adapted from FRANCE / TOUR / DETOUR / DEUX / ENFANTS (1978), an experimental video series made for television by Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville. The relationships that emerge between the images on either side of the central vertical seam serve as a structural score for ideas addressed in the interview, such that the continuity, friction, gaps and overlaps that result from their simultaneity underscore the girl’s desire to speak a coherent articulation of time, space, image and identity.

Cast (in order of appearance):

Peter Wollen (voice), Audrey Wollen, Leslie Dick

Director of photography: Adele Horne

Assistant director / set decorator: Sara Grady

Camera operators: Serdar Kalsin, Adele Horne, Kerry Tribe

Second camera operator / camera assistant: Larissa Brantner

Lighting & electric: Chris Culliton

Key grip: Paul Storino

Grips: Deron Tse, Jake Solima

Sound recordist: Bryan Cahill

Script supervisor / production assistant: Adam Brody

Production assistants: Sunny Basham, Rob Carito

Still photography: Karl Haendel

Interior location courtesy: Jeff Ellermeyer

Archival photos courtesy: Molly Corey, Mungo Thomson, Carolyn and Larry Tribe

Interview questions adapted from: FRANCE / TOUR / DETOUR / DEUX / ENFANTS (1978), dir. Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville

Here & Elsewhere, 2002

2-channel DVD projection, 10:30 minutes loop

Original running time: 10:30 minutes
Excerpt: 4:37 minutes