Artist Projects

Spectres of the Spectrum


Craig Baldwin

Spectres of the Spectrum is a feature-length film that uses old “kinescopes”—filmed records of early TV broadcasts before the advent of videotape, mostly from the late Fifties’ educational show called Science in Action—to create an eerie science fiction time-travel tale, in which the characters save the planet from a futuristic war-machine, inspired by “HAARP,” the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. Although HAARP seems to be a data-gathering tool to explore the Aurora Borealis in detail, it is in fact one of the most sophisticated components of the Star Wars weapons arsenal. Through an increasingly abstract montage of live-action, archival film, broadcast video and interviews, the narrative becomes disjointed, suggesting the breakdown of personal ego, memory and historical representation.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Spectres of the Spectrum screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2000: Spectres of the Spectrum is screened at Centre Pompidou in Paris

  • 2001: Spectres of the Spectrum is screened at the Helsinki Media Art Festival in Finland

  • 2002: Spectres of the Spectrum is screened at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna

  • 2002: Spectres of the Spectrum is screened at the Frankfurt Film Museum in Germany

  • 2002: Spectres of the Spectrum is screened at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

  • 2003: Spectres of the Spectrum is screened the New York Film Festival at Walter Reade Theater

  • 2004: Spectres of the Spectrum is screened at the Taos Talking Picture Festival in New Mexico