September 2019

Sky Hopinka: I'll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You'll Become

Mercurial States

Sky Hopinka deconstructs language through cinematic works “to be free from the dogma of traditional storytelling.” [1]1
Sky Hopinka, “Language as Film: A Dialogue with Sky Hopinka,” in Reclaiming Artistic Research, ed. Lucy Cotter (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2019).
This video, an ode to poet Diane Burns (1957–2006), weaves sonically and visually in and out of references to Native culture and reflects on mortality, transcendence, and the intertwinement of individuality, myth, and politics. Hopinka describes I'll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You'll Become as “a place for new mythologies to syncopate with de-territorialized movement and song.” [2]2
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He creates this space formally through the near dissolution of image sequences, challenging the semiotics of documentary filmmaking by replacing traditional narrative imagery with visuals informed by color field painting. This layered abstraction is pushed further by the use of music as a nonverbal language.

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