Here, Everything Is Still Floating, 2008-2010
single-channel video projection with surround sound audio 8 minutes, 10 seconds (looped)Installation documentation is 2 min, 20 sec – starts at 0:00
Full video contents begins at 2:40
An apparition of a white bird carefully moves through a textured, black landscape, listening, watching and aware of being watched. This meditative piece visually references traditional Japanese screen and sliding door paintings of cranes, an elusive creature long associated with notions of immortality and resurrection as well as the ability to transcend the three realms: heaven, earth and the underworld. The refracted doubling of the bird suggests the idea of transience, revealing a creature at once restless and at rest. A haunting and minimal audio score comprised of natural sounds, electronic music and Japanese shamisen accompanies this sparse image. Although a single projection, this work gives the illusion of emanating from various sources and appears to be a multi-channel installation. This is achieved by the lo-tech means of projecting through glass fragments and prisms, which cause the image to refract, and appear in multiple places simultaneously, at times overlapping. The prisms distort the video, making it appear hand colored, holographic and ghostly.