Eye of The Dawn, Lost Found

“Generation of ghosts, which is to say about certain others who are not present, nor presently living, either to us, in us, or outside us, it is the name of justice. Of justice where it is not yet, not yet there, where it is no longer (…) it is necessary to speak of the ghost, indeed to the ghost and with it.” Jacques Derrida

 eye of the dawn

‘Eye of the Dawn’ Lost found footage is  an exploration into the legendary Mata Hari, the exotic dancer shot as an alleged double agent a year before the end of WW1. Taking as a starting point the fact that there is no footage in existence of Mata Hari in motion, and the fact that she was first and foremost known as a dancer, creating this ‘lost’ footage using a 16mm camera is a step towards a creation of a ghost of Mata Hari all these years later.’  This experimental short documentary is a collaboration between moving image artist Nazare Soares and performance Sarah Saeed.

Eye of the Dawn – lost found footage. Moving Image BA exhibition, University of Brighton. March 2013

The piece explores the boundaries between truths and lies. It plays with the idea of legend and myth of a historical figure such as Mata Hari, who built a fake story about her career and so gained fame and wealth. The film develops the reconstruction of her identity and creates new meaning using fake found footage and sound. We used material found on the internet, which could be false or true to play with the idea of speculation as trend in society which creates legends and myths from historical events.

The mirror room invites the viewer to look at everywhere, the spectator does not look only at one screen/direction, He looks for himself within the reflection of the moving image, being that there are multiples screen surround him. The installation challenges cinema space as something else to explore. this is not only the screen and the moving image responsible of the cinematic experience but as well the space in itself and how the observer interacting within it .The endless effect made by the mirror supports the abstraction of moving image, like in the imaginary world or in the dream world.