The Idea of North 1995
Rebecca BARON (1968, USA) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and media artist with a specific interest in the construction of history and in still photography and its relationship to the moving image. Her work, which mainly consists of lyrical essay films, has been screened at various international film festivals and media venues.

A unifying feature of Baron's art can be found in her engagement with the fault-lines of memory and history, and with the processes by which they are constructed through modern media. For Baron, the images that connect us to the real and to the past become most compelling – and problematic – around the edges: where fact and imagination intersect (as in her 1995 film "The Idea of North", the chronicle of a failed 19th century polar expedition).

Based on photographs taken in 1897 by polar explorers Nils Strindberg and Salomon Andree who were marooned on an ice floe, the film explores the limitations of images and other forms of record as a means of knowing the past.

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 00:14:33 | 0.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Experimental, Short

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