Video

Reading the Water: Lectures on Home Video

Niklas Sven Vollmer

2007, 39:50 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 428.04

Reading the Water is a high-definition (HDCAM) experimental 'home video' and personal-poetic essay that mobilizes the coast of Maine - the sandbox of Vollmer's youth and his marine biologist and naturalist professor-photographer father's area of expertise - as a metaphor for exploring the depths of masculine relationships and family ecosystem sustainability across three generations. The videotape's title employs the idea of 'reading' the surface of water - akin to unpacking the meaning of a photograph - as a means to navigate what is below; it 'reads' the water both in content and form and utilizes playfully reflexive editing techniques to unveil the complex and fragile dynamics of the family ecosystem vis-à-vis a behind-the-scene reveal of the videotape's construction. Additionally, Vollmer harnesses on-screen text to incorporate his (then) 3-year-old son's well-expressed need for emotional presence from his biological 'fathers' - a strategy that also gives voice to the maker's own buried, yet still present, need for his own dad.

In collaboration with Douglas and Tannus Vollmer.

Rental and Sales

Single Screening Rental

$175.00

Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)

$360.00

5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy

$550.00

Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote

Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote

Curators and programmers, please contact distribution@vtape.org to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.

Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.