Kerry Tribe's H.M.

Jason Torchinsky is a guest blogger on Boing Boing. Jason has a book out now, Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is a tinkerer and artist and writes for the Onion News Network. He lives with his partner Sally, five animals, too many old cars, and a shed full of crap.

Earlier this year, I did a bit of technical work for an artist, Kerry Tribe, on her installation/film project called H.M. It was a remarkable piece. At its core, it was a documentary about a man who had some experimental neurosurgery that left him with an active memory of 20 seconds. What made the piece so remarkable was that it played back on two 16mm projectors, the film being delayed by exactly 20 seconds from one to the other. The film was shot in such a way that the two projections, displaced in time by 20 seconds, worked together uncannily well, sometimes displaying complementary images, and even, in one visually notable part, forming a complete image that spanned over the two screens. It's pretty great.

Kerry and I are in the early stages of a collaboration I'm quite excited about, but even if I wasn't I'd encourage everyone to check out more of her work. There's not really a good way to see H.M. online, since the mechanical projectors and the maze of looped film form such an integral part of the piece, but I think it is traveling around a bit, so the best I can tell you is to keep your eyes open for it.



  1. I’d love to see this. If it happens to come anywhere near San Francisco, please post or if possible email my username

  2. H.M. recently passed away, which makes this piece even more poignant. Hope it comes to DC.

  3. I saw this piece at the Whitney Biennial earlier this year, and it was outright stunning. I’d never been so mesmerized by a video piece. In fact, I came across this post in hopes there was at least a small sampling of it online.

    If you have a chance to see in person, do so. And stay for the whole thing. It’s absolutely worth it.

    Walker Pickering
    Austin, TX

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