Kodak


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Kodak
33m ● HD Video ● Colour ● Stereo ● 2019

Directed by Andrew Norman Wilson
Written by Andrew Norman Wilson and James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Kodak hired my father straight out of college in 1976 to work in their film processing labs. One year prior, a Kodak employee had invented the first digital camera. In 2012 Kodak went bankrupt, and today operates at a fraction of its former scale. Over the course of my father’s 30+ year career with the company, he worked amongst blind people who were hired to handle film in the dark due to their heightened tactile sense.

Rich, the protagonist of this video, is a hybrid of my father and an imagined character who worked in film processing at Kodak until a workplace accident left him blind. He then started working in the dark, packaging film with other blind Kodak employees until they were laid off as the company lurched towards bankruptcy. When we catch up with Rich, he’s been unemployed for ten years and seems to be gradually losing his mental faculties. He spends his time in the Rochester public library, shuttling back and forth through copies of tape recordings that Kodak founder George Eastman made near the end of his life in 1930. The story is told through Rich’s point of view.

Screenings
International Film Festival Rotterdam - Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Found Footage Award Winner)
Kodak & Other Works, Regent Street Cinema (presented by the Photographer's Gallery) - London, England
Mediums & Kodak, Union Docs - New York, New York
Fake Friends, Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Caro Sposo, Paris Avant-Premiere- Paris, France
Projections
, New York Film Festival - New York, New York
Camera Austria - Graz, Austria
Chicago Underground Film Festival - Chicago, Illinois
Moscow International Experimental Film Festival - Moscow, Russia

Exhibitions
Kunstverein Braunschweig - Braunschweig, Germany (solo)
Fotomuseum Winterthur - Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
Document - Chicago, Illinois (solo)
KRIEG - Hasselt, Belgium (solo)
Center for Contemporary Art Futura - Prague, Czech Republic (solo)

 

1975 Digital Camera Prototype by Eastman Kodak engineer Steven Sasson
2019, Archival Pigment Print, 6h x 6w in

1977 Kodacolor II C 135-20 Color Negative Film
2019, Archival Pigment Print, 6h x 6w in

1982 Kodak 2610 Color Printer-Computer Assembly
2019, Archival Pigment Print, 6h x 6w in

Globalism with Space Station
2019, Ink on paper, 77 1/2h x 49w in

Globalism with Space Station (detail)
2019, Ink on paper, 77 1/2h x 49w in

Map Making With Pinge
2019, Ink on paper, 77 1/2h x 59 1/2w in

Map Making With Pinge
2019, Ink on paper, 77 1/2h x 59 1/2w in

Structural Analysis with Clones
2019, Ink on paper 77 1/2h x 59 1/2w in


Structural Analysis with Clones (detail)
2019, Ink on paper 77 1/2h x 59 1/2w in