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Memento Mori

Memento Mori is a microfilm imagined as "postcard" correspondence between the lovers of eternity, Via Postel and The Wanderer

  • Quin de la Mer
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 23, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Montreal Independent Film Festival
    Montreal
    Canada
    February 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Paris International Short Festival
    Paris
    France
    February 13, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Quin de la Mer

Quin de la Mer is a conceptual artist based primarily in California. Grounded in place related processes, Quin wanders this world making work about the unraveling of life on planet earth caused by the global apartheid that exists between those that have and those that do not; a separation created by anthropocentrism, the patriarchy, and capitalism. She is particularly focused on the gap between the human species and the non-human earth community. Quin aims to shift the viewers perception of the known by composing the unseen as the course of action that transmutes consciousness. The result is a visual narrative of nested stories supportive of permanent change and disruption to human patterns producing global extinction.

Quin earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Currently, she is a Doctoral student in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS where she is combining philosophical enquiry with artistic practice. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally in gallery settings and public forums, been an artist in residence in the U.S. and abroad, and has been a featured artist in print and web magazines globally. Her works reside in several private and public permanent collections.

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Director Statement

The persistent question at the center of my being is "How do I create reunion where there is separation?" The quest for an answer is my driving artistic concern and obsession. Autobiographical considerations that parallel universal and global paradigms provide the material I use to communicate my experiences negotiating the territory of the interstices of ordinary reality where I perceive the unseen fabric of fate weaving connection. Employing the methodology of non-drug induced altered state consciousness to stimulate frenetic techniques, I maintain a balance of chaos and control while creating abstract expressionist works of art during which the unknowable assembles fragmented parts.

In my attempt to answer my fundamental question, I create work through the voices of two characters who do nothing but pursue their reunification, Via Postel and The Wanderer. Entanglement: A Love Story is the chronicle of their journey to find one another. Their communication occurs through a series of postcards in the form of visual artwork comprised of text-as-medium, fresco paintings, and moving image. The postcards are a consolation for them on their journey.