Frost’s Descent: Short Films by Margaret Rorison
Published Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Rhizome DC
Baltimore based artist and curator, Margaret Rorison will present a program of her short 16mm films and videos with additional live sound accompaniment. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. She is interested in the visceral nature of experience and the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound.
Rorison is the co-founder and curator of Baltimore’s Sight Unseen Screening series since 2012. She is a recipient of a 2016 Ruby’s Artist Project Grants in media and performing arts, a recipient of The Maryland State Arts Council 2016 Individual Artist Awards and 2015 Sondheim Semi-finalist.
“Rorison’s works frequently wander through empty or seemingly empty spaces. Her soundtracks—often consisting largely of electronic music on the drone/noise spectrum—often create a sense of warm alienation, coloring the films’ empty landscapes. Rorison’s films abound with “negative space” compositions—shots which frame a “nothing” (for example an empty sky, a wall, water) against borders of dark (shadows, bridges, walls)… this seems to suggest something of a turning away from the world of the social and a turn towards a state of introspection. These films relish solitude and alone-ness, and even while this solitude is sometimes tinged with dread or alienation, even as the filmmaker’s visions tend toward the apocalyptic, this solitude is asserted often as a source of strength.”
– Steve Polta, Artistic Directo, San Francisco Cinematheque