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Catalogue is a series of 16mm films and videos that take as their subject the 2014 Restoration Hardware furniture catalogue in 13 volumes, one film for each. Each film considers a different aspect of representation, of looking, and desire. (Vimeo password is Catalogue for all films online.)

Catalogue (2014, 07:03, B&W, silent, 16mm scanned to digital). The film is a documentary of the filmmaker's looking at the objects for sale in a mainstream furniture catalogue of designer knock-offs; each cut was determined by the rise and decay of her interest in the objects.
Full version: https://vimeo.com/85637218

Catalogue Vol.2 (2015, 08:44, b&w, sound, 16mm scanned to digital) takes as its subject the "Rugs" volume of the commercial catalogue and uses sound to expose, in contrast to the silent images of constructed rooms, the room behind the camera. In addition, the center fold of the catalogue takes on importance.
Full version: https://vimeo.com/122427457

Catalogue Vol.3 (2016-17, 02:47, color, sound, digital) was made using the "Small Spaces" catalogue, with an Arne Jacobsen 1955 Series 7 chair as protagonist. This is a computer-generated rendering of the original chair, which was the inspiration for the knock-off version in the catalogue.
Full version: https://vimeo.com/231324641

Catalogue Vol. 4 (2016, b&w, 04:30, sound, digital). Catalogue Vol. 4 uses the "Lighting" catalogue as its subject and uses a pulse of electronic sound and light to represent each fixture, shot in the order that they were found in the original catalogue. The intervals of black were derived by a matter of taste: items that the filmmaker found less appealing were excised from the sequence.
Full version: https://vimeo.com/148968810

Catalogue Vol.5 (2017, 01:30, b&w, sound, digital). The fifth in the Catalogue series. This quickly unfolding film treats the "Linens" volume of the 13-volume catalogue.
Full version: https://vimeo.com/148976132

Catalogue Vol.6 (2016, 11:30, b&w, sound, 16mm film on digital scan) was shot using the RH "Interiors" catalogue while audio clips from a horror movie that mention the words house or names of rooms, or parts of the house, such as upstairs, played in the studio so that each shot acquired a random soundtrack. The film clips were then organized as a tour through the rooms of a house: foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, study, bath, ending at the bedroom.
Full version: https://vimeo.com/148975763

Catalogue Vol.7 (2016, 7 hours 34 minutes, silent, 16mm film scanned to digital). 7-hour film/video installation in flat screen monitor in a gallery show: the film becomes a picture the length of the gallery day. There are 32 shots; each shot lasts 13 minutes, long enough that individual viewers will see only one shot. The entire film exists only in the collective memories of 32 viewers who visit at different times, unknown to each other.
Full version: http://www.danaduff.com/project/5/

Catalogue Vol.8 (2017, 0:00, color, sound, digital). Close-ups of the "Curiosities" volume, in particular looking at the print and the prices as artifacts alongside the objects, which are "exotic" in both age (or imitation of) and geography.

Catalogue Vol.9 (2017, loop, color, sound, digital). A double projection installation of the "Furniture" volume with images on their sides to emulate the layout of the catalogue pages that are side by side.

Catalogue Volume 10 (2017, 5:40, color/b&w, sound, 16mm scan to digital/digital). A dystopia of moving text and moving image; Modernist chairs, Georges Perec's Things: A Novel of the Sixties and underwater photography using 16mm, GoPro, and DSLR.
Full version: https://vimeo.com/234081611

Catalogue Vol.11 (2017, 08:40, color, sound, digital). On her porch in rural Mexico, a woman peruses the Restoration Hardware catalogue for the first time.
Full version: https://vimeo.com/235042969/00078059a2