Sculpture, video installation and performance, Solihull, 2001
This project is composed of a video installation (Something Special), a sculpture installation (Something Else) and a performance (Something In-between) exploring the juxtaposition and dialogue between objects, film and performance sited repeatedly over time.
Inspired by our special relationships to things and objects, this project explored gendered relationships with clothing and objects. Three video monitors show a series of vox-pops with 40 women talking about an item of clothing that makes them feel special. Exploring our relationship to how things make us feel, some of the sculptures of clothing that were talked about were then created into sculptures made of iron, clay, paper, wax – and then partly destroyed by erosion, rust, fire, and heat. One dress was recreated and worn in a performance in the space, another was placed inside an oval enclosure of opaque cloth.
The installation shot below shows just one of the video monitors, part of the oval enclosure of cloth and 3 of the partly destroyed items of clothing. Many of the images can’t be found but there is a self-published book of my research and process which explores themes installation, juxtaposition of media, women, Subjectivity and what is revealed by our relationship with objects.
Something Special, Something Else, Something In-between, object and video installation with performance, Solihull (2001)
Inspired by female relationships to things and objects, this project explored special relationships with clothing and objects over time. Three separate works combined into a resulting installation was made from inter-relating media and time frames between, creating dialogue between each time frame, site and the performed body.
The installation comprised decomposing sculptural copies of special clothing (Something Else), with three monitors showing video vox pops of interviewees talking about clothing that makes them feel special (Something Special), and layered with live and recorded performance (Something In-Between). Video, performance and 3-dimensional objects combined can create a complex set of meanings, with the monitors suggesting multiple interpretations as well as a sense of timelessness and ambiguity.
The relationships and conversations between absence and presence created in this process-based work engage with conditions of representation and mutability, ‘structured as a relay of anticipations and reconstruction of events that may become traumatic though this very relay’ (Foster, H., 1996, p.207). Making differentiated representation possible through the suspension of real objects and a real performed body has the potential to create a ‘psychic experience of what is to be embodied’. This multiple embodying process was used to explore trauma and mental health for women and mothers. It also uses our common experience of objects as stand-ins that have the power to reveal the self and the Subject and reveal innermost unconscious and emotional states.
There’s lots to be added to this page. More coming soon with a copy of the book.
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