Trailer Trash and Hidden in Plain Sight by Mark Street
A skewed take on film detritus: 35mm movie trailers rescued from the trash and affected by hand and digitally, holding up a funhouse mirror to the industry of expectations
Hidden in Plain Sight 60 minutes 2008 original music composed by Jane Scarpatoni and Guy Yarden
Hidden in Plain Sight is inspired by the tradition of cinematic city symphonies and is made up of footage shot in four cities: Santiago de Chile, Hanoi Vietnam, Dakar Senegal and Marseille France. Vignettes from each place are juxtaposed so that the viewer is pulled from place to place, picking up the pieces, making connections only to have them disappear just as quickly. Historical details (about Salvador Allende and Ho Chi Minh, among others), quotes from writing (by Miriama Ba and Charles Baudelaire and others), laconic captions, scored music, and expressionistic sound design offer contrasting contexts in which to view these images. Hidden in Plain Sight offers a dynamic way of viewing street life in these locales, encouraging us to think about how we apprehend a place visually and conceptually.
I have been making films and videos for the past 20 years. For many years I worked in 16mm, sometimes attacking the surface of the film with paint and
bleach to create abstract visuals. In the mid 90's I started to explore the line between fiction and documentary, and I made several films that depict characters wrestling with their place in the world. In 2000 I completed my first character based narrative work, At Home and Asea, about racial, geographical and class tensions in Baltimore, MD. I continue to work in the long form, and to also make shorter more experimental works. I have presented imagery in gallery contexts, as well as in conjunction with performance groups and musicians. I am always exploring how far I can stretch moving images.