Pascal Schwaighofer

Visual Artist
Postdoctoral Fellow at Franklin University Switzerland
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Mellon Graduate Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University (2022-23)

Rough Cut(s), 2021HD Video, color, sound, 12’27’’ loop
Dimensions variable

Post-production: Peakfein Studio, Zürich, CH

With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Cornell Council of the Arts (CCA), USA 

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If the recent gene technologies provide the ability to edit, add, or suppress specific genes, in cinema, film editing gives editors the means of recomposing and “re-inventing” an entire (Hi)-story. Starting from these assumptions, the video considers found footage, original soundtrack, interviews, and educational 3D animations, to unpack the visual and conceptual imbrication of film and bioengineering. It explores the space of contact between the two technologies, their politics and rhetoric that allows explaining the subcellular through the mechanic.

Exhibition view: John Hartell Gallery, Ithaca, NY, USA.
Photo: Melanie Chu