Polavision was an instant movie camera system launched by Polaroid in 1977. It included a camera, film cartridges and a special movie viewer that was used both to develop the film and subsequently view the movie. The film was a small rectangular cartridge with 40 feet of low-speed silent super 8mm film, which ran for two and a half minutes.
Although seemingly innovative, the film was especially prone to celluloid degradation, also known as 'vinegar syndrome', due to the use of the developing chemicals housed in the cartridges. Additional competition from the rise of digital video and super 8 with sound meant that in 1979, only two years after its release, the Polavision system was deemed a commercial failure and was discontinued.
Rerun is a collaborative installation between a fine art and jewellery designer. Using original Polavision film from my family archive, the work explores ways to preserve and reanimate disintegrating memories using alternative modes of expression and materials.