Alyssa Bornn MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME (2019) Video, 7:30
MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME is a compilation of notebook fragments approximating a confession or the act of confiding—some things about pet death, mothers, houses, monotony, relationships, and/or photography—written and sequenced on the Videonics Titlemaker 2000.
Bornn uses a piece of equipment designed to subtitle video input as both a machine for writing as well as a way to animate text and ‘images’. Rather than a textual accompaniment to visual input, the artist’s texts are the visual input. In this, she plays with the process of animation and things that could be more easily accomplished in another way: for example, the sequence “Everything Takes So Long” mimics pressing and holding a finger down on a keyboard, but took 3.5 hours to write as every additional character requires a new slide.
Bornn’s work often investigates transference, looking at what is gained or lost as we navigate our relationships with media – in particular, the back and forth between analog and digital or outdated and new, and the struggle to preserve or archive. MORE, LESS, ABOUT THE SAME reflects the artist’s interest in the idea of interchangeability between words and images, exposing the futility in their ability to pin something down in a permanent or accurate way.
Alyssa Bornn is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and organizer based in Winnipeg. She holds a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba and is a member of Open City Cinema, a co-programmer for the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, and an active member in Light Terrors.