play rewind, MFA thesis exhibition, 2012, VMAC Gallery 401 Building, Toronto ON
This show featured a co-production of video, sound and textiles, each generating their own transformations within stutters, skips, overlaps, and gaps. My studio research focused on activating the video image with forms of repetition to explore visualizations of memory and time. Through this process time seemed to become overlaid with various versions of itself when going back to remember, back to rewind or back to re-stitch. I was drawn to the relationship between remembering, rewinding and repeating and attempted to create video and textile images that revealed an overlapping of time when collapsing back-and-forth into and out of memory.
The textiles in this body of work follow a simple pattern: a design is stitched, the next image stitched in the series is a copy of the back stitches of the first design. This process is continued. Ultimately the result is the loss of line, design and image. In some cases ending in two dots, the knots from the line previous.
The editing process used in these videos transforms the linear temporality inherent in the structure of video into a system of seamless transitions. The landscape image is re-produced through an editing process I developed that generates variations in the perception of time. This technique abandons the control found in traditional editing software, and in substitution focus is placed on methodologies associated with chance and lyrical movement. Through this process a shuffling or stuttering effect is generated on the video and audio simultaneously, which disrupts the succession of events found in the original recording. This process of editing also allows me, it editor, to act intuitively, in a manner that fosters discovery from which I can narrow in on images and sequences.
This process involves capturing the edited movements live. I scrub over footage by sweeping the cursor over the timeline. I am interested in the two forms of tracing movement; that being the literal movements of space recorded in the video, as well as this post-process of recording the movements of the editors hand as it physically effects the footage. With this focus on editing, I am able to superimpose new movements onto pre-existing movements, which I feel opens into a dialogue on the nature of critique, selection, and the evaluation of space. I am compelled to navigate through post-production in this way as it includes the flaws and hesitation of the creative process.
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This video focuses on a 4 second section of footage. The movement in this video is generated by camera functions, the camera shifts along the horizon, switching from out-of- focus to in-focus, while refracted sunlight slices into the lens.
Sails expands the image context from a suspended landscape to a valley with a bridge, a shore, a lake, a town. Sails looks up and into the small movements of life at the foot of an unfazed mountain landscape and up to a magpie perched on a dying pine’s limbs. A pulsing bridge, a tottering boat, a teetering city center, a twitching saw mill, a spasm of peaks and valleys all flicking and falling into a sequence.
A figure enters the frame walks to her mark turns towards the camera and stops. Poses. Pauses. Turns and continues to the next. The figure is also holding a sign that becomes an extension of the body; it rotates and angles towards the camera as the figure does; the sign is raised above her head in proclamation. Rarely does the sign fall away. Only when the figure is leaving or entering the frame is the sign lowered to her side. I am her, I am the figure; in each video the silhouetted figure is me and the words (Three Flowers) reference a memory of mine.
Book of Revelations
Sharp, spontaneous gestures oscillate a profile back and forth so. The audio in Book of Revelations functions like a sound-effect; when the silhouette turns her head a grumbling audio track plays; when the profile is still and at a momentary rest the sound is at ease.
Page turner: simply titled as the video focuses on a stalled moment inbetween a new and old page being turned, is stutters in a moment of change.