The Image After (2004)

The Image After - Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it.  Photographs are experience captured, a moment distilled, relics of the past.  Incorporating themes of death and nostalgia within the framework of photography these ideas are explored in this piece created by Brian Jeffery and Marianne M. Kim.  Presented as a search for traces and evidence of the recent past through the collision of video projection and movement, it references texts from authors John Berger, Joe Frank, Margurite Duras, and German playwright Heiner Muller.  The 10 actors in the piece "play" themselves, speaking and dancing through their own subjectivity, giving the audience a transparent look at the mechanics of the production.

The piece is not based on a single technique. Rather, through a combination of theatre, dance, and live and prerecorded video, it addresses a number of philosophical reflections on photography by taking them out of the abstract and making them physical.