Air – Interpretation by Jan Hendrickse

This text is extracted from a private email from Jan to Anna

‘i just wanted to say that I have just watched your film again, with my sound, having read Jenny’s text and now more consciously considering the film’s relationship to the subject of mortality. It is, in retrospect difficult to watch the film knowing how closely it is related to Pauline’s life and illness. However, I am now struck by the question of why I wanted the sound to exceed the duration of the film. I have no (conscious) explanation for this. I can say it was not a desire to overpower the imagery, if anything it was the opposite. I just knew that imagery should change the sound when it appears – the sound is transformed by it. I think it’s to do with the idea that the film does not end, or that breath continues, overflowing, blurring the edges, defying endings.’