Radio Carbon shorts #10

The film poem Radio Carbon was premiered at the Renoir cinema in 2009 as part of the wonderful Zata Banks’‘s regular screenings, and at Port Eliot Festival in 2010.

The complete 27-minute film comprises 24 numbered sections, and may be viewed as a sequence of separate, interlocking filmpoems with recurring motifs.

For this winter, I have broken up the film into 24 parts and will be posting them day by day as we approach the winter solstice, in the style of an advent calendar. Each one is between 45 and 90 seconds each. So start your day with a few drops of imagery …

Here is the tenth film poem, Holocene Lamp

Holocene Lamp


Holocene Lamp

The names above the sound stage
had been deliberately defaced,
the tomb broken open, its contents
scattered among the world’s
curiosities, sifting down through
strata to laboratory temperature,
low spectrum analysis. He weighed
the Baghdad battery in his hand.
What set was this? What line
are we on? Who hangs the curtains
around here, the ambience, the lighting?
You feel the gears change, lurching
of the foot passengers, the whole planet
spinning from the centre.






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