The Parley is a two-screen film installation based on the painting titled The Pioneer and the Indian by Frederic Remington (1861-1909). A restaging of the scene, portraying the negotiation between two individuals is shown in one of the screens; one depicting a Native American, the other a Pioneer. Filmed with a Phantom Flex high-speed camera the scene is slowly scanned detail by detail, turning the painting into a 3D-like experience. The other screen shows the original painting being thoroughly examined by scientists in a laboratorium using a PIXE (Particle Induced X-ray Emission) spectrometer. This process offers the possibility of identifying the elemental make-up of a material.
Frederic Remington played a heavy role in depicting the myth of The West and has been inspirational ever since in popular culture such as movies, cartoons, books, etc. The Pioneer and the Indian was one of his most important paintings, but for several years, rumours have been flourishing about the painting being a fake. SUPERFLEX initiated forensic examinations that confirmed those suspicions and revealed the presence of titanium white, a type of paint invented years after the death of Remington.
The Parley is also the title of the original work by Remington which was used as reference to produce the fake painti ng The Pioner and the Indian.
Desert scene credits:
Director of Photography - Andrew Truong
Steadicam Operator - Scott Baker
1st AC - Nick Forte
Phantom Technician - Sean Gearing
Sound Designer - Adam Sanborne
Editor - MOSSS
Colorist - MOSSS
Phantom flex at 1000 fps, stereo sound.
Duration: 12 min
Laboratory scene credits:
Nate Newman, Lamonte H. Lawrence Professor in Solid State Science
Dana M Tepper, Chief Conservator
Julio Morales, Chief Curator