Instant Life

16mm | 27 min | color | 2022

The three films you will see are shot-for-shot reproductions of the compilation film Instant Life (1981). Each film in Instant Life (1981) was a remake of an earlier film also called Instant Life (1941). The earlier Instant Life (1941) was a single film, not a compilation.

In 2017, we decided to recreate Instant Life (1981). We did not attempt to recreate Instant Life (1941) because that Instant Life is lost. Instant Life (1941) was a silent film presented with live musical accompaniment. After the show, audience members received a printed riddle. Instant Life (1981) is a sound film. The riddle is part of the film. No answer to the riddle exists.

Co-directed with Andrew Kim.


Filmverkstaden – Live Cinema, Draama-Sali, Vaasa City Library; Vaasa, Finland 2023
Prisme # 5; Nantes, France 2022
OJOBOCA: True Counterfeits, Institute of Contemporary Arts; London UK 2022
Aberystwyth University; Aberystwyth, Wales 2022
Star and Shadow; Newcastle, UK 2022
Le 102; Grenoble, France 2022
Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata FestiFreak; La Plata, Argentina 2022
Festival de Sevilla; Sevilla, Spain 2022
Lima Alterna Festival Internacional de Cine; Lima, Perú 2022 – Special Mention Shorts Competition
San Diego Asian Film Festival; San Diego, USA 2022
Tacoma Film Festival – Special Event; Tacoma, USA 2022
Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo; Mexico City, Mexico 2022
Festival de Nouveau Cinéma; Montreal, Canada 2022
25 FPS; Zagreb, Croatia 2022 – Grand Prix
Cinemancia; Medellín, Colombia 2022
SPECTRAL BAL Summer School, Rucka Artist Residency; Cēsis, Latvia 2022
Chicago Underground Film Festival; Chicago, USA 2022
EXiS; Seoul, Korea 2022
ECRÃ; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2022
BIOGENESIS, LA Film Forum; Los Angeles, USA 2022
Festival V-F-X; Ljubljana, Slovenia 2022
Limits of Control – Films by Ojoboca, Museum of the Moving Image; New York, USA 2022
Worldmaking Media Collaborative Showcase, The New School; New York, USA 2022
Prismatic Ground; New York, USA 2022
EMAF; Osnabrück, Germany 2022
Machinalive, Nomadica at LABA; Brescia, Italy 2022
Courtisane Festival; Ghent, Belgium 2022
Berlin International Film Festival – Forum Expanded; Berlin, Germany 2022


Desistfilm, Mónica Delgado
Alt/Kino, Ben Nicholson, Savina Petkova and Patrick Gamble


The New Current, Niger Asije