Smith and Gertrude (Look Both Ways) by Malcolm McKinnon
Malcolm McKinnon's Smith & Gertrude (Look Both Ways) is a simple but carefully crafted exercise in time-travel. The two minute, looping video work combines contemporary and historical film, juxtaposing similar locations and parallel patterns of movement.
The work plays with conventions of old-fashioned film projection, employing various film and video textures and shifts of film speed and framing. In doing so, it presents multiple layers of history in perpetual motion. If there’s an implicit message in this work, it’s probably this: Look both ways.
Smith & Gertrude (Look Both Ways) was part of the Yarra City Arts Peel Street Park Projection Program from Monday 03 June 2019 - Sunday 30 June 2019.