Recurring abstract and microscopic structures appear in this film that Laura J. Padgett compiled from found footage for the exhibition „Innocents Abroad – Made for Arolsen“ in Schloss Bad Arolsen.
She chose to use material culled from educational films produced during the 1960s and 1970s from the educational film archive at the University of Paderborn.
Padgett worked with such source material as: „How does the Wind come to be?“, „How to lay a table.” or „Skin: our vulnerable protective barrier.” to make an uncanny and compelling film.
Scenes of work on an assembly line or experiments in scientific labs reference a technical-scientific modernity. From our perspective, the film images reveal a historical dimension, while introducing layers of referential meaning and placing the film in relationship to our understanding of what we consider to be state of the art.
all images and films copyright © Laura J. Padgett 2004-2021, except where otherwise specified