Dual channel installation

“Examining how decaying objects accumulate deeper historical and spiritual significance, Residual is a great example of content echoing context”
Cat Davison, Metro Press, Bristol, U.K

"Textures, shapes and spaces emerging and dissolving - created by stones, iron and water in enigmatic places that speak of lost uses and fading significance... the past held in place by light, shadows, reflections and movement...  who is looking? the photographer effaced behind an evocative aesthetic... ... the ghost of a presence glides towards the radiator..  the spectator stilled, entranced in the stone theatre of the crypt ...  who is speaking?  the sounds detached, echoes from the present mingling with the filtered traffic, chiming against an architecture, a geography, an impossible present ..."
John Adams, Professor of Film at University of Bristol, U.K (on Residual)

Residual looks at our feeling of place and time in its most stripped down state: simply ‘being’. Hovering on the borders of consciousness, at once an unearthing and a burial of meaning, Residual is devoid of human presence or event. Drawing on the archaeology of the city of Bristol (underground tunnels, urban construction, port activity) this diptych pays homage to the forgotten: the abandoned, the eroded, the no longer visible.

If one listens to a space, a building, a landscape, there is often a feeling of residue, of accumulated time, of events which are somehow held in secrecy. Time and erosion seem to increase the feeling of a site: as though the absence of matter somehow heightens its presence. Like the weight that we feel when we are in front of a ruin: the presence of the disappeared. Residual looks at place as locus, a holding space for the actings of time and event. The ‘this happened here’ is approached in a post-factual manner by focusing on a location’s latent history.

The diptych employs dual image/ sound juxtaposition, cross dissolves and overlays, where the movement mainly arises through the relationships and progressive ebb and flow of the edit rather than an active subject or visible event within the frame.

Residual is screened in installation context (dual channel) or as split screen (cinema).
An artist essay on Residual has been published in Electric Pavilion, Ed. Tiger Prawn, U.K 2006.


Written and directed by: Isabel Rocamora
Sound: Thomas Köner, Helena Gough
Photography/ editing: Isabel Rocamora
Assistant producers: Ben James, Hanna Saastamoinen
Research assistant: Sian White
Archaeologist in conversation: Dan Hicks
Subterranea artist in conversation: Heath Bunting

Duration: 10' 03''
Format: Dv Cam
Year of Production: 2005
Commissioned by: Electric Pavilion (Watershed) and Bristol City Council for Creative Bristol
Supported by: Arts Council England, South West; Churches Conservation Trust
Distributed by Infinito Productions