The 2011 publication, Is This What You Were Born For?, appears in the collection PLANSécant of MetisPresse, fostering the dialogue between cinema and thought. It brings together 5 essays cinema examining different aspects of the Born For series, an interview with Abigail Child and transcriptions of her texts/poems that form the soundtracks of the Born For films. The condensed filmic work of Abigail Child, borrowing strategies from found footage, Appropriation Art, Language Poetry and experimental music, stands as a landmark in the experimental cinema of the 1980s. The processes of interruption and fragmentation inform the series Is This What You Were Born For?, reactivating the stakes of montage applied in different artistic practices. The essays gathered in this volume articulate points of view formulated by film scholars, sound theorists, literary critics and art historians, in order to circumscribe the erratic poetics of Abigail Child's films. Texts: François Bovier, Strategies of Appropriation in Is This What You Were Born For? Tom Gunning, Abigail Child: the Pulse of the Last Machine Melissa Ragona, Abigail Child's Audition: Sound in the Born For Series Redell Olsen, Abigail Child and a Poetics of the Swoon Thomas Zummer, (explosion) François Bovier and Ricardo da Silva, Conversation with a "maximalist" filmmaker Transcription of the Born For soundtracks: Prefaces, Mutiny, Covert Action, Mayhem, Mercy DVD includes: Prefaces [Part 1], Film 16mm, 9'30 (b/w and color, sound) Mutiny [Part 2], Film 16mm, 10' (b/w and color, sound) Both [Part 3], Film 16mm, 2' (b/w, silent) Perils [Part 4], Film 16mm, 3'30 (b/w, sound) Covert Action [Part 5], Film 16mm, 7'30 (b/w, sound) Mayhem [Part 6], Film 16mm, 16'30 (b/w, sound) Mercy [Part 7], Film 16mm, 10' (color, sound)
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