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After the Rainbow


2-channel video installation, sound, 16:9

After the Rainbow (2009) is a 2-channel video installation that reflects on the intersection of recorded media, lived history and the passage of time. Through a re-imagining of the initial sequence of The Wizard of Oz (1939), the fantasy world of cinema and the reality of Judy Garland’s sad life collide, in much the same way as the worlds of Kansas and Oz in the original film. Instead of taking Dorothy to Oz, the twister transports a young, hopeful Garland into the future where she encounters her disillusioned adult self.

After the Rainbow is part of The Dark Matter Cycle, Soda_Jerk’s series of video installations that mobilize the framework of time travel to stage encounters between older and younger versions of a particular actor. Collectively these speculative fictions trace an alternative history of cinema, charting the way that the future impacts on the recorded past as it moves – and we move with it – through time.

5:30 mins
After the Rainbow, – via Vimeo