The Redux Project is an ongoing series of inexpensive cinematic approximations that both celebrate and subvert the cultural heritage of the places it visits.
Filmed in original locations, and starring local participants, artist Richard DeDomenici shoots on a furious schedule, with little more than a cheap camera and quick wits.
Edited on-site, DeDomenici screens his mini-masterpieces within days of being filmed, alongside the originals at a local premiere show, which often sells out.
Richard has made over 80 Reduxes around the world since 2013, including 10 on live television, with organisations including the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District and Sydney Festival.
The Redux Project is a comment on, and contribution to, the increasingly derivative nature of mainstream cinema. The project both celebrates and subverts the cinematic heritage of the places it visits, showcasing the latest cheap technology to show that old moviemaking hierarchies need no longer exist.
Richard usually works with non-professional participants, and often casts against type, in an attempt to highlight inequality.
Programmers and audiences have embraced the project because it's site- specific, participatory and inexpensive.
As his Reduxes get longer and more ambitious, Richard’s counterfeits are becoming increasingly indistinguishable from the originals.
Ultimately DeDomenici hopes that by making fake versions of things that are themselves inherently fake, we’ll somehow arrive at a greater truth.
The next Reduxes will take place in Cambridge this spring.
Richard hopes to one day bring the project to Hamburg.
'DeDomenici is an unflagging whirl of energy and organisation. His unfailing eye for detail is only matched by speed and politeness. His work stands out because it eerily mirrors scenes made for millions by hundreds of people.’
Sydney Morning Herald