Artist: Ariana Gerstein
Cycling from super 8mm to 16mm, 35mm, down again to 16mm, optically printed, hand processed and then optically printed again using a digital still camera to end on digital video. Images from a Chicago elevated train, Museum of Science and Industry, and nature surrounding Lake Michigan are collected and combined frame by frame. The title refers to cycles in time (repetition), nature , and in the art making process (recycling/revising/rethinking/etc). The film process began in 1993 (Cycles) and was remembered and re-concieved digitally in 2015.16
Ariana Gerstein, works in experimental and experimental documentary forms. Her films have been screened and awarded prizes at festivals worldwide including International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, European Media Arts Festival in Germany, Media City in Canada, New York Film Festival, SXSW in Texas. She has presented at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, San Francisco Cinematheque, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Pacific Film Archives in Berkley, and other locations. Her work has been awarded grants by New York Council for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Her experimental documentaries Alice Sees The Light (a poetic meditation on light pollution) and Milk in The Land (an essay film on attitudes towards milk consumption as a mirror on evolving American values) were nationally broadcast on the award winning P.B.S. series P.O.V. (Point of View). She teaches at the State University of New York at Binghamton in the Department of Cinema.