Depth of Discharge

Film Installation


Teaser for Depth of Discharge, 0:58 min., 2021

The immersive film ‘Depth of Discharge’ translates the seductive, captivating magic of 18th-century enlightenment demonstrations into an abstract exploration of the roots of the nine different units used to measure electricity.

The film is made with an experimental form of high voltage electro-photography technique in which the artist uses the conductive transparent layers from touch screen devices. The sound composition is composed of recordings of the electric discharge on different frequencies.

The film features electrified objects associated with technology and energy use, including minerals with lithium, coal, circuit boards, copper wires, and personal devices.
By making microscopic electric interactions visible, electricity becomes an actor, adopting an almost animistic character.

“Depth of Discharge is viewed in a black box. The projection is the only form of light and delivers sequences of energetic interactions, which create a visual spectacle in thousands of shades of monochromatic blue. The frequency of the sound and image creates a mesmerizing experience, giving the feeling that both the frequencies of the brain and the film are synchronized into one.

The scientific use of the term Depth of Discharge is associated with the life of a battery. The life of the battery is measured by its ability to recharge. Depth of Discharge was created by high voltage photography where the electricity and electrified objects became the protagonists and the discharge of the drama.

The film depicts modern empires based on minerals’ energy economies. The symbols in the film are taken from a table of standard electrical units and reveal the metaphors associated with utopia and electrical dystopia. Concepts related to the electric sign language indicate the ideals that the symbols represent beyond their technical meaning.” Fragments from ‘The Lightnings Slayers,’ Galit Eilat, 2021

Depth Of Discharge
4K, 2 or 4-channel sound composition
27:40 min.

Directed by: Marjolijn Dijkman
Electrical experiments and camera: Marjolijn Dijkman
Sound composition by: Pom Bouvier-b.
Editing by: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Assistant editing: Léo Ghysels
Graphics: Marjolijn Dijkman
Colour grading: Miléna Trivier
Electro-technician: Lukas Pol
Produced in the framework of On-Trade-Off
Supported by: Mondriaan Fund

The Lightnings Slayers, an essay by Galit Eilat, 2021

Depth of Discharge, Marjolijn Dijkman, 2021, installation at NOME, Berlin (photo by Billy Clarken)
Still from 'Depth of Discharge, 2021
Still from 'Depth of Discharge, 2021
Still from 'Depth of Discharge, 2021
Still from 'Depth of Discharge, 2021