Nicole Polonsky re:lapse, 2020 Digital video, 9-second sequence, infinite loop Images and direction: Nicole Polonsky Editor: Eleanor Rogers
re:lapse forms part of Nicole Polonsky’s solo show, lapse:re:lapse. It was conceived especially for MOCA London’s online gallery and arose from a meditation on the screen as both public spectacle and private realm. re:lapse was achieved through an intersection of real and virtual, spanning the hand drawn, print, and digital. It references ‘leaders’, lengths of celluloid stock that allow film to be cued. The ‘synchronising leader’ – or numbered countdown – in a standardised format scrolling from 11 to 3, is reimagined here as theme and subject. Numerals rendered meticulously on animation paper are, at 1/24 of a second, consumed in the blink of an eye. When screened as an infinite loop, the synchronising leader mutates from countdown to eternal present. This piece emerged during lockdown, when time has felt more circular than linear. Lacking a satisfying resolution, re:lapse embodies a very current predicament.