Surface Noise. 2010. HD colour video with sound. 6:48

By re-programming instruments used in film restoration labs, the artists were able to digitally isolate the damaged elements of old film prints, the dust, dirt, and scratches. The selected material focusses on excerpts from the archives of cinema which depict political conflict, demonstrations, riots, and state interventions in public assembly.

As the damaged images rush across the screen, interesting parallels emerge between the mechanics of cinema and patterns of social disturbance and unrest. The process of creating the soundtrack followed the making of the images.

Distributed by Arsenal

Surface Noise is a collaborative project by David Phillips, Paul Rowley and Tim Blue.

Made with the support of a Projects Grant from the Irish Arts Council.