A mysterious interactive film with a playful spirit of philosophical inquiry, Beyond explores the paradoxes of technology, desire and the paranormal posed since the birth of mechanical reproduction; the phonograph severing the voice from the body, photography capturing the soul and cinema resurrecting the dead. For Beloff, the 'dream life' of technology is articulated through film and photography posing 'a parallel world of phantasmal doubles' in which the subject can be transported, or indeed frozen, within another time and place. Beyond maps a kind of mental geography using panoramas of abandoned buildings and empty landscapes, interspersed with cinema footage and home movies retrieved from flea markets, to get beneath the skin of the everyday. The viewer of Beyond roams through a virtual time and space, glimpsing other existences, experiences and memories.
Zoe Beloff is a New York based filmmaker and digital artist. Her films have been screened internationally at festivals and major museums, and she also works with stereoscopic projection, performance, and interactive media. She has collaborated with composer John Cale and was invited by the Wooster Group theater company to create the CD-ROM Where There There There Where (1998). Beloff teaches film and digital media at City College and New York University. For more information visit: www.zoebeloff.com
Beyond began as a weekly QuickTime serial on Beloff's website. To produce the CD-ROM, she received grants from The New York State Council on the Arts, The Experimental Television Center and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts.
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