Sertraline Dreams is an experimental, found footage film that engages the viewer in novel forms of perception through flickering patterns of glitch. Drawing from traditions in American avant-garde film—particularly “flicker” films that rapidly project rhythms of black and white frames—Sertraline Dreams employs footage of old cartoons that have been corrupted using hex editing techniques. The glitched sequences are then arranged at varying framerates to produce stroboscopic, dreamlike abstractions that correspond to anxiety-ridden soundscapes. Through these affective oscillations, Sertraline Dreams at once explores the materiality of glitch while opening up the body to a range of hallucinatory, sensory experiences.
Ground Level Platform, Strange Media, Chicago, IL, November-December 2019.