Heirloom
Super16mm film from from Heirloom, depicts the pattern made in the film emulsion by the artist's hair
Year of release: 2008
Original format: Super16mm
Running time: 1 minute 50 seconds
Screening format: QuickTime, Blu-ray or DVD
Credits: A film by Kayla Parker
Director/producer/animator: Kayla Parker
Sound design: Stuart Moore
Production: Sundog Media
Distribution and sales: Sundog Media sundogmedia@gmail.com

Description
Artist’s own hair, collected after brushing and printed onto discarded 16mm colour negative film, using household bleach to reveal the yellow and green emulsion layers beneath the unexposed darkness. An heirloom is something that has special meaning and has been passed down through the generations of a family; in the title, ‘heir’ is a homophone of ‘hair’, ‘loom’ is a device for weaving together disparate strands that meet at 90 degrees, but also carries the resonance of appearing threatening, magnified, or hugely distorted.

Production notes
I dip my hair in household bleach, and lay the tangled strands along four short 16mm strips of film to create 'hair pieces', revealing the yellow and green emulsion layers beneath the (un)exposed darkness.

Publication and comments

Exhibition
2016
The Birth of Memory by Exim Dance Company, choreographed by Adam Benjamin, presented at Resolution the UK’s biggest festival for new dance, The Place, London (29 January 2016)

2014
The Birth of Memory, by Exim Dance Company, choreographed by Adam Benjamin, with original music composition by Eduardo Miranda; dancers: Kevin French, Laura Henry, Emma Pendle, and Mike Williams. The dance performance features large-scale projection of the films Verge: Nocturne, Hold and Heirloom; performed as part of the ImPACT tour: The House, Plymouth (28 January 2015); Cheltenham (12 June 2014); City College, Plymouth (17 June 2014); The Keay Theatre, St Austell (24 June 2014); The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon (15 October 2014); Barbican Theatre Plymouth (24 October 2014); Cygnet Theatre Exeter (14 November 2014).

2011
Soundwaves Festival, the Shorts a la Carte collection of 8 films screened ‘silently’ whilst each member of the audience curates their own soundtrack, part of the Listen! programme on the final evening; Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, UK. Thanks to Philip Ilson, London Short Film Festival (17 July 2011)
Plymouth University Festival of Research: Materiality and Technology film programme presented by the Centre for Media Art and Design Research (MADr), Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University. Other films shown are: Glass, White Body, and Verge 360 documentation (Monday 14 March 2011)

Angela Blackwell, curator of the Crafty Animators exhibition, with Animated Exeter organiser Susannah Shaw in the Thelma Hulbert Gallery; frame of Heirloom in background. Image © Midweek Herald.
Crafty Animators, Thelma Hulbert Gallery Honiton, Devon; Animated Exeter Festival. Other films shown are White Body, and Sunset Strip (15 January to 5 March 2011)
Shorts a la Carte Inamo Restaurant in Soho, Special Event for the 8th London Short Film Festival. Programme of 8 films projected (without sound) onto the diners’ tables; other films are: Twenty Foot Square, Verge: Nocturne, Small World, Poppies, Blue Kayak (Stuart Moore), Project, and Sunset Strip (9 January 2011)

2010
Hand Eye Visions: the Films of Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore Cine-City, the Brighton film festival; Lighthouse, Brighton, UK. We presented a programme of 17 direct animation films, made over the last 20 years, for the third and final Hand Eye Visions event, curated by Ian Helliwell (27 November 2010)
The Measure of It 16mm film-drawing performance and screening with artist’s talk, Studio One at Plymouth Arts Centre, UK (28 April 2010, 6pm to 8.30pm)

2008
Media Arts: an exhibition of recent work by Media Arts staff, Scott Building, Plymouth University. Screened from looped DVD on monitor mounted on plinth (1 November to 23 December 2008)