Patient’s Copy (2019, 10 min) is a collage film on the underconscious and on the illustration of ideas on plastic. It is a hand-made reflection that came about after Dr Patrick Tarrant discovered in his university office a thousand overhead transparencies used for teaching biology. In the film a chemically induced gaze looks out over this archive while a light shines down on obsolete treasures, buried ideologies, and the science of life. Patient’s Copy focuses on the capacity of these acetate transparencies to not simply allow light to pass through them, but also to allow light to reflect off them. This suggests a new function for images that have not only been excavated from their pedagogical and technological moment but which, in their new fluorescent form, are both less plastic, and more plastic than ever before.
Dr Patrick Tarrant, London South Bank University