Year of release: 2021
Original format: 16mm film
Running time: 2 minutes
Screening format: digital screening versions available
Credits: A film by Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore
Production: Sundog Media
Distribution and sales: Sundog Media sundogmedia@gmail.com

16mm direct animation that intertwines - or 'purls' together - coloured abstractions hand-painted onto clear film leader with 'photogram' images bleached into the emulsion of a strip of black leader; accompanied by an original sound composition.

Purling foregrounds the materiality of 'analogue film'. The digital 'frame' shows the entire width of the 16mm strip, including the sprocket holes, as well as a section of each preceding and successive frame, and the linear scratch scored down the length of the artwork by the digital film scanner. Also visible are the incidental marks of hand-painting, such as tiny specks of fluff and airborne débris, and the frame-by-frame notation between each sprocket hole that guides the choreography of the visual music.
Ionian Contemporary Animation Festival ICONA 2021 organised by the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece; in competition, Professional programme 4 (3 to 5 December 2021)

Images: 16mm film stills. Top: roundel painted onto the clear filmstrip; left and right: bleached circular motifs on the black leader superimposed over printed coloured patterns on the clear filmstrip.