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62 min. – HD Video, Super 8mm Film, 35mm Film, 120 Film, Instant Film
Desolation Slow is both a visual tone poem and social inquiry, bringing moving image art and documentary forms together in a mesmeric cinematic collision. Filmed on location in rural Utah and Salt Lake City, the film reflects on homelessness, geography, and abandonment, while pondering connections between human and structural decay. Desolation Slow is also steeped in stories recounting decades of homelessness through the voice and figure of Joe Ortega, a formerly homeless resident who’s now successfully off the streets. The film’s sonic pallet is complemented with a musical score composed by Chicago avant-guitarist, Billy T. (Bill Tucker), creating a dynamic counterpart to its visual preoccupations. Documenting life on the edge of society, Desolation Slow, poetically questions the status quo while affirming that homelessness is not inevitable.
Desolation Slow creator Allen Killian-Moore is a moving image film and video artist, writer, curator, and performer. Allen’s work explores coexistence in many forms—individual and collective, social and political, life and death. Allen’s film and video work has been exhibited at a wide variety of galleries and venues, including a solo exhibition at the Joseph Nease Gallery, an installation for Hennepin Theater Trust’s Made Here Future exhibition, and a solo exhibition featuring his video installation, Body Tempest, at Fill In The Blank Gallery in Chicago. He’s also had work featured in the annual Chautauqua Art Lab in Saint Louis, and his 16mm film, The Essence, screened nationally on the viewer curated Current TV network. Recently, Allen was artist in residence at the North Dakota Museum of Art and his installation work will be featured in a large solo exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute in May of 2019.