Private Project

Diane (wrapped in plastic)

A super 8 hauntology. Reimagining a series of one-way conversations with the permanently off-camera Diane, foraged in fragments from the screen of a cathode ray TV - onto an expired Ektachrome 160 super 8 sound cartridge (best before 1990). The film was home-processed, then wrapped in plastic and buried in the woods in 2011 - excavated in 2021.

‘Diane…’ is a collaboration between the original source material, myself, the body of the film, and the earth it was buried in. The soundtrack was recorded directly onto the magnetic strip of the film, firstly through the camera whilst in-cartridge, secondly using a super 8 motorised editor after excavation- adding to the fragmentation and abstraction of the soundtrack into a multi-layered sonic collage (No additional digital editing has taken place).

The film can be screened in its original form on a sound super 8mm projector, or as a digital video.

  • Joanna Byrne
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • Film and Foraging Symposium (Mayes Creative and the Sustainable Darkroom)
    Bournemouth / London
    United Kingdom
    July 18, 2023
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Joanna Byrne

Joanna Byrne is a UK-based artist-filmmaker working with tactile, sustainable and collaborative approaches to film and moving image. She works with analogue film (super 8, 16mm) in a hands-on, tactile way: home-processing, editing by hand, and incorporating found footage, hand-manipulation and physical traces of her body into her work. Byrne is interested in the therapeutic and transformational potential of experimental film and expanded cinema practices.

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