2014, UK, 16mm on digital file, colour, sound, 11 min. 17 sec.
Transitus Angeli is located within the stream of film-work that has sought alternatives to realistic visual representation and figuration, but acknowledges that abstraction in both the visual and sonic domains cannot be separated from the world from which it emerges. Ironically titled, this piece of “sonic cinema”, or “sonikinos” is an oppositional response to current reactionary tendencies and growing economic, social and political turbulence. Through systematic distortion and deconstruction, a synthesised bell-sound becomes transformed into a rough-music, charivari, scampanate, or katzenmusik, articulated and reinforced visually, synchretically, and synaesthetically by the agitated jitter of a visual field derived from digitised looped and sequenced hand-painted 16mm film. Is this the beating of wings or the frantic flapping of flags?