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Memento Mori as 3,684 Cyanotype Sunprints

Director: Chris Peters

United States, 2022, 3 min

Festival Year:2023


Crew:Writer: GPT-2 A.I.. Music: Michael Hebert


This film is a sequence of 3,684 separate Cyanotype Sunprints, developed using a photographic process invented in 1847. Frame-by-frame the images were fixed to coated art paper by strong UV (sun) light, developed in 5% vinegar, dried for 24 hours to complete oxidation, then scanned and hand aligned. The “grain“ you see is actually wood pulp from the paper!

The poem was written by GPT-2, a state of the art A.I. writing engine. It is presented verbatim, edited only for length.

About the director

Chris Peters is a Los Angeles based painter and filmmaker. His films have screened at numerous Academy Award qualifying festivals, including Slamdance 2021 and winning the Peter Wilde Award at the 2020 Ann Arbor Film Festival.

His formal education began in Seattle where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington. Later he trained for three years at the Gage Academy of Art, learning the drawing and painting methods of the 19th-century academic tradition.

His work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the private collection of Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro and he recently completed a solo show at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara. He’s had eight previous solo shows at galleries in Santa Monica, Santa Fe, and New York City. His collectors include many members of the music and film industries.

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