U-Ram Choe: Pavilion (2012)
Daniel Canogar: Sikka Magnum (2013)
Photo Credit: Polly Yassin / Bildmuseet
360 movie DVDs, metal disc and rods, computer, projector, multimedia player, speakers, 14:19 min. video projection loop.
Dimensions: 210 x 210 x 25 cm.
Sikkais a sculptural video installation constructed from 360 used DVDs. This multi-thematic piece was inspired by “sikka”, the gold coins sewn to clothing dating back to Babylonic times that eventually became the shiny plastic objects we know today as sequins. By projecting the contents of the DVDs back onto their surfaces the artist continues to investigate both new uses for discarded objects as well as his interest in combining the phantasmagorical properties of cinema with its physical elements.
In this case, film segments were selected from each of the DVDs for their color, shape and movement value, forming a digital palette from which the final projected loops were constructed. The accompanying self-generated soundtrack is the resulting “accidental composition” created by layering the soundtracks from the actual segments being projected. The final effect is that of an audio-visual mosaic.
Historically, sikka were worn to remind onlookers of the wealth and power of those wearing them while also evoking the light of the divine. Similarly, the surfaces of the DVDs flash back at us images born from the glamorous world of Hollywood where image is converted to a kind of currency.
Christopher Russell: Birds (2013)/ Deer (2013)
Ultrachrome print scratched with a razor
Tomás Saraceno: Poetic Cosmos of the Breath
Joseph Hoflehner: Jet Airliner (2009-2011)
Real live-action wide angle photographs
Alexandra Bellissimo: from the series Simulations
Heather LeeAnn Evans: Where Dreams Sleep (2012)
Dominic Harris: Ice Angel (2012)
Ice Angel blends the act of youthful playfulness when creating snow angels with modern digital manipulations,making the viewer assume the role of both performer and portrait subject.
As the user moves their arms a new wing shape appears, unfurling from the shoulders, moving and displacing virtual snow. The wings are created dynamically and are linked to the participant. The artwork has a ‘memory’, capturing a hidden view of the participant and their angel wings, and this specific angel identity remains linked to that participant in any future encounters with the artwork.
The merging of angel mythology and the natural phenomenon of light travelling to earth creates an intriguing intersection. In modern terms, light is our messenger, allowing us to view the universe. An angel’s form is inherently human, yet an angel always originates from beyond.
Ice Angel is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum until Spring 2013.
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