Photo: Bryony McIntyre

Greg Pope & Norbert Möslang

Light Trap

Out of a dark haze, shafts of lights are picked out from the surface of film. Out of the black silence, noise, audible scratches bloom into a bright drone of broken and cracked objects.

Filmmaker and performer, Greg was a founding member of Loophole Cinema, who along with Metamkine, Karel Doing and a few others really pushed forward the concept of film-as-performance in the 90’s, culminating in/ or starting with (depending on how you look at it) the International Symposium of Shadows in London in 1996: an event I wish I could have attended, and which seems to have been incredibly similar in it’s aims to KYTN.

Greg has created a performance especially for KYTN titled Light Trap, for 4 prepared projectors and musician. By replacing the guide rollers on 4 projectors with sandpaper and other abrasive materials, and working on them with hand tools (with the assistance of 3 of the guys from The Cube and Andrew Lampert), film loops are scratched and torn as they are dragged through the projector.  Out of darkness shafts of lights are picked out, as the emulsion is scratched from the surface of the film.  And simultaneously, (as the scratches are amplified as optical sound), out of the black silence, noise, audible scratches bloom into a bright drone.  In a kind of live punk homage to Anthony McCall’s ‘Line Describing a Cone’, the shafts of light are picked out in a haze, creating solid, sculptural forms in space.


Norbert Möslang creates a inspired and dense clatter and chaos from left over, broken and cracked objects and electronics: malfunctioning LED’s and light sensors, sizzling and stuttering consumer electronics.  For Light Trap, the sound generated from the abrased film will be fed to Norbert and manipulated alongside dubplates he’s made which took video stills he’d been working on and read them as audio files, before pressing them to vinyl.  And so at every turn, the visual has been transformed into something audible


Thanks to all the operators of the projectors during the piece: Greg Pope, Andrew Lampert, Xavier Querel and Christopher Auger.