Project (ENG)

In this two channel video installation, each artist created a program of short videos exploring different aspects of memory and presence.  The programs are projected side by side.

Image: Samoa, Red

An exploration of internal and external experiences characteristic to travel and displacement, the project grew from a research residency at the Sydney College for the Arts in Sydney, Australia – September / October 2009.  During our stay, we researched urban, as well as more sparsely populated coastal and inland geographies of New South Wales.  Starting from our personal exploration and interviews with others, we looked for indications of what it is like to live in a place; to call it home, and at displacement / shifts evoked by the experience of physically repositioning oneself in the world.

The research began from the perspective of examining the concept of home and what it means to individuals.  Over time, a discussion of memory and presence, of being in the world developed toward the realization that what we take with us might not be as important as what, or whom we sometimes leave behind. As the nature of living leads us forward, we are constantly required to face current events and circumstances; to grow and evolve within the present.  Ideas are shaped through interaction; through awareness of the importance of what we take with us in memory, and how interaction within social climates changes the point of view.  According to progress, of meeting life challenges; friends, family and familiar surroundings sometimes move into memory, and that becomes the only way to experience them again.  In essence, this is also part of the discussion of nomadism and contemporary life.

While developing strategies for conveying messages relating to the human experience, we have worked to open up half dream / half waking realities.

Installation notes

As each program is a different length (12 minutes; 13 minutes), the juxtaposition of visuals changes as the loops progress.  The moving images inform each other, presenting other levels of meaning; another visual layer is presented through texts, found in all but one of the works.

Discrete soundtracks of the videos (music and sound mixes) are accessible through headphones hanging from the gallery walls.  Visitors can listen to the soundtracks for either video program.  Multiple sets of headphones are provided to accommodate several visitors at any given time.

A third sound track of interviews collected during our 2009 residency plays in the exhibition space.  This creates ambiance and context that lies closer to firsthand stories shared during individual interviews. (For example: Kate speaks about walking to work on the day of the red dust storm.)

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