sodium lamp study (2014)

this is part three of the lion series

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 A technical experiment about exposure and an interview of a woman’s experience with radioactive ablation therapy for thyroid cancer, Sodium Lamp Study is a meditation on exposure, treatment, and the unseen emotional effects of radiation.

The visual element of Sodium Lamp Study explores the photographic concept of reciprocity failure – when the exposure of an image is separated in to multiple exposures rather than a single exposure with the same light strength, the results become unreliable. In a similar way, patients facing the treatment of thyroid cancer are presented with an option of a single dose of radioactive iodine, or multiple treatments.

Sodium Lamp Study is part three of seven in the Lion series. Composed of seven works, Lion is a series of films creted on 16mm and hand processed with darkroom techniques that mimic the effects of radiation on film. Researched in Chernobyl, the series is a product of memories, history, pop culture and technical experiments to create visual representations of invisible forces. Lion consists of five collage diary works with two technical study films.


with Lion

Presented at 286h British Film Institute London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, March 2014

Presented at Queer Lisboa 18, Queer Art section, September 2014

Presented at Cinémathèque Québécoise in Nature/Culture, October 2014

Presented at 17th Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria BC, October 2014

Presented at 4th Pink Life KuirFest, Ankara, Turkey, January 2015

Presented in Radiant Bodies, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, June 2015

Presented at Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival, Oslo, September 2015

Presented at Imagine Science Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, October 2015

Presented at Film for Artists Residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, June 2016