Asymptote, from the Intimacies of Geometry series, 2016
Medium: 16mm Ektachrome film (hand-processed), multiplane stop-motion animation, water, gouache, transparencies, light, 5k digital scan with narrative soundtrack
Dimensions: 1920x1080 px HD Projection, 7:38 min (without titles)
Asymptote is the first film in the collaboration between Erinn E. Hagerty and Adam Savje. Their developing series, Intimacies of Geometry, combines narrative soundtracks and abstract visuals to create a space for reflecting on the nature of relationships. Archetypal geometric forms may have a multitude of meanings, dependent on your personal experiences and associations. The geometric abstractions in these films resonate with Euclidian, cultural, alchemical, and religious symbols that connect and differentiate us. When paired with mundane and acute first-person anecdotes, they create a catalyst for considering relationships from familial to romantic, ancillary to ephemeral. When in relationships, individuals’ thought-forms interact, creating new abstractions, patterns and correlations.
Through this collaboration they are synthesizing their personal viewpoints. Hagerty’s work reflects on the contradictory nature of loss, being both instantaneous and infinite; one moment or act that is fleeting may cause indelible imprints. Savje’s work considers the alchemical process of the evolution of human consciousness.