Effections: we need to talk
by Immony Men
“Effections” is a video series based on a labor-intensive imaging process. Each film short is composed of digital prints illustrating different written narratives within public and domestic spaces. Each video is composed of thousands of digital prints reconstituted as individual scenes of a real-time video. Each second of film includes 30 still images. The eleven videos in the series are composed of 18, 081 digital video stills that have been manipulated manually and re-entered into a timeline.
My current practice has developed an obsession with physical repetition and the process of reviewing each image multiple times, this labor-intensive process generates memories formed by daily structure and routine. The series utilizes a tedious process in preserving video physically: a consumer inkjet printer is used to reproduce each digital video still, I manually crumple each image after it is printed, a flat-bed desk scanner to capture the hand-crumpled prints, and rolls of twine to bind the paper for storage. The attempt to capture and re-create the perfect event seems futile; maybe accepting the faults and tarnishes of the original might be the key to preserving these memories.
I believe the concept of a physical timeline is lost within our transition from analog media to digital forms. Images and data loose their organic shape and motion. I am working with the notion of providing physical representations of digital video timelines. The images are transferred to ink and papr, giving them a temporal and fragile quality, quite contrary to their original digital (loosely put) ‘eternal’ format. Shifting back and forth between analog and digital media keeps a constant dialog emphasizing the excess in temporal material reproductions.
The final installation consists of different domestic items with the video series projected onto their surfaces. The living room set contains a photo album, mirror, coffee table, and a sofa. There are other personal items scattered around the reconstructed environment. A photo album will be left opened on a coffee table with the projector suspended above it projecting images of photographs on the pages. A lamp share will be covering the suspended projector. In front of the coffee table is a sofa facing the album. Across from the table is a mirror backed with frosted mylar suspended from the ceiling with translucent wiring. An image acting as a reflection in the mirror is rear projected into the frame. In a dark corner there are unlabeled moving boxes containing several neatly tied bundles of papers; each sheet is a printed image of a still from video series.
“Effections,” is an attempt to restructure my personal relationships as a form of live- performance. Re-writing myself into these new memories is the focus of this body of work. Writing scripts and re-building mises-en-scene from collected stories and memories has given me a platform to blur the line between autobiographical fiction and actuality. My main interest is the shift of intimacy through objects and the bodies that share them.
WHEN: October 16 - November 28, 2015; Opening Reception: Friday, November 13
WHERE: Main Gallery, Centre3 for Print and Media Arts, 173 James St. North, Hamilton, ON
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