Seán Padraic Birnie
Memories of the Overlook Hotel
Memories of the Overlook Hotel finds an entrance point into an impossible building through the deterioration of a partial .mp4 file: 18% of The Shining downloaded, 82% of the film lost in transmission, and the sense of some indefinable measure gained. The digitised frames of the celluloid film break down, become a digital blur: re-photographed, the moving image becomes a digital still, a layering of the screen, digitised movie, celluloid original, extant building, the fictional source and its own antecedents in the literature of the fantastic. In this palimpsest of images, the architecture asserts its presence. Caught between collapse and the seamless reconstruction of the digital image, the Overlook persists in altered form, always already something other than itself.
Seán Padraic Birnie • Giola Cassar • Linn Kuhlmann • Charlotte Lambert-Gorwyn • Rachel Maloney • James Murray • Noora Pelkonen • Patty Rentschler • Kirsty Thomas • Nigel Tribbeck •