Erdem Taşdelen


A Moving Target

Computer-generated montage sequence with 100 silent UHD videos, approx. 100 mins.

A Moving Target is a cinematic work that experiments with structures of narrative without telling tangible stories. The project comprises a repository of 100 video segments, each around one minute in length. A custom-made video playback tool re-montages these segments each time the work is activated, resulting in an ever-changing filmic experience that has no particular beginning or end.

The dream-like, meditative, déjà-vu-ridden scenes that feature in A Moving Target were shot and collected over the course of one year through a decidedly intuitive process, in which I filmed one-minute video fragments through chance encounters. The sustained presence of a compact cinematic camera in my everyday activities allowed me to experience the world around me mindfully without pre-planning what to film, as I paid particular attention to light, colour, texture, movement, and the semiotics of objects and spaces.

In the resulting work, each cinematic segment recorded carries a potential that is never fulfilled, as the montage changes with each viewing and all narrative context appears to have been excavated from the visual material presented. The possibility of narrative resolution is perpetually deferred, as the viewer is invited to immerse themselves in ocular pleasure through free association.

Relevant links:
Delfina Foundation - Platform - conversation with Nabila Abdel Nabi

A Moving Target was produced with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and Delfina Foundation, London.