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'which is
without being'
which is without being
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clouds rising from the mist of time
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'silent cry' silent cry
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'DBP'   DBP
'out of reach'   out of reach
'fluid variations' fluid variations
'harmonic environment' harmonic environment
'temporality' temporality
'green meadow' green meadow
'multitudinous entity' multitudinous entity
'which is
without being'
which is without being
'primordial' primordial
'clouds rising
from the mist
of time'
clouds rising from the mist of time
'iridescent self' iridescent self
'shifting view' shifting view
'toxic waste' toxic waste
'burning butterflies' burning butterflies
'lament' lament
'exercise in visual notation' exercise in visual notation
'screen test #2' screen test #2
'nothing' nothing
'silent cry' silent cry
'suppressed anger'   suppressed angerger
'DBP'   DBP
'out of reach'   out of reach

burning butterflies

2008
3.44 min loop
sound and video installation

 

‘burning butterflies’ is and audio visual work, combining the gently textured video of swaying shadows, with an almost mechanized and repetitive sound piece.

In its structure and emotions, ‘burning butterflies’ is referring to the physicality and qualities of the first machines reproducing music mechanically, the music box. Gaining widespread recognition during the Victorian era, it possesses two main characteristics. The mechanical aspect of its clockwork or hand powered mechanism, and its automated monotones melody, performed without instrumental variety, natural fluctuations or personal emphasis.

These aspects have often lent a slightly sinister fairytale quality to the output of the music box, implying the inhuman, as well as a dreamlike detachment from reality. Referring to these attributes, ‘burning butterflies’ creates and otherworldly musical arrangement of industrial rhythm patterns and a disconnected monochromatic melody, seeping thought the recurring consistency of the moving image. The screen thereby becomes a portal to an inner world, through which the spectator can project and reflect their individual suspicions, longings and dreams onto and beyond the visual and acoustic canvas of the work.

‘burning butterflies’ installation photo from Transition

 

‘burning butterflies’ installation photo from Transition


Room installation in a short hold prison cell as part of ‘Transition’, 2009 (approximately 2.5 x 1.5 x 2 meter) Exeter Castle, Exeter, UK