This shift from photography to the digital in Bernard’s practice has complicated even further her engagements with time and space. In Ask the Dust, the photographic image functions as the site where different registers of time come into contact with one another: the historical period represented in the film, the time of its inscription on celluloid, the cultural time of its release, the time of our reception of the film and the time of the inscription of the photographic image. In Location Proposal #2, these registers although alluded to, are much more difficult to access and differentiate. They must be imagined and reconstituted in the mind of the viewer, primarily because the digital image has all but lost it’s specificity in relation to both time and space. The images that comprise Location Proposal #2, lack indexicality; their referent is wholly indeterminate and thus virtual in every sense. They represent neither the Muir Woods, nor Big Basin. They hail neither from the cinema, nor reality, neither from the past, nor the present. Instead they exist as representational spaces that accommodate the merger of allusions to all of these things. – Christine Sprengler, Hitchcock and Contemporary Art, 2014
Works from Location Proposal #2 are included in the exhibition Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria through April 10, 2016.