Decay Curve

DV / DVD – exhibited in The Sounding

Loose projects

October 19 – November 4  2006


Philipa Veitch, Decay curve, production stills, DV/DVD, colour, 142′, 12 interviews relating to the years 2005-1994, exhibited in The Sounding, 2006

Decay curve is a modest attempt at re-animating experiences of the cultural and political events that have occurred over the last twelve years.

The film is comprised of distinct visual and auditory elements – with the visual element consisting of footage recorded during a number of walking tours through the Jenolan and Wombeyan caves, and the audio track comprised of 12 interviews relating to 12 different years and presented in reverse chronological order – beginning at the end of 2005 and going back to the beginning of 1994. During these interviews the subjects recount their memories of a specific year within this period, starting from December and going back to January.

Combining reflections on personal experiences as well as observations on national and international events, the project attempts to draw out the interplay between the experience of the diachronic and the synchronic, re-activating an awareness of the changes that have occurred in our cultural landscape over the last decade.

The project runs on two DVDs, and a specific year can be selected by returning to the menu.

DVD 1 – 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

DVD 2 – 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

Thanks to:

M. Autsen, B. Elliott, B. Gallagher, B. Geyer, S. Kennedy, S.W. Kennedy,

J. Millner, V. Ross, T. Schwensen, D. Varga, K. Wilkinson, C. Window