Suspended

Suspended

Four channel immersive video installation

Duration: timeless

2016


 

These four videos form a series, and are based on the idea of the endless knots.

The first video has an uncanniness which can be seen in the following videos as well. The pace of the video is extremely slow and disturbing, like scratching on a blackboard with fingernails. The back of a sleeping female is seen, this shot continues for almost ten minutes. Finally she initiates to turn, but goes back in the same position, again suggesting a turn but never turning and never revealing her face. Nevertheless, the video goes back in loop to the slow beginning without settling the curiosity, without letting her wake up. The tension is never resolved and a satisfaction never attained.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the second video the figure composes herself in front of the mirror, and slowly removes clips from her hair. Initially the clips are not clearly established, and give an ambiguous feeling of curiosity. The whole action keeps repeating, and the clips reveal themselves with time. There is a sense of burden felt whenever the hands reach for the clips. However, the face stays expressionless and fixed at her own reflection; while looking at herself she becomes one with her movements. She is calm and aware about her inability to get out of the endless endeavour, and still doesn’t show a hint of struggle or exhaustion.                                                                                                                                                                                        In the third video the process of filling water in a glass and drinking goes on in a loop yet the level of water in the bottle remains the same, the bottle is an inexhaustible source of water. The shadow of the glass and the bottle give an ethereal effect to the video. The video has a continuous flicker, as if a fan is moving and obstructing the light behind it. Here, what is happening outside the frame is of greater consequence than within the frame.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The fourth video is where the index finger-nail grows again and again. It is a stop motion where the camera angle establishes the person looking at her own nail growing. Here again there is an awareness of an infinite repetition and the refusal to struggle.

Boredom from repetition and monotony is inscribed in these four videos. They try to reinterpret life as a chain of repetitions, where one gets entangled in the loop of routine, doing the same futile actions inevitably, finding solitude and silence only in the gaps between the iterations.


So much ink on these pages,

flipping from one to another,

flipping through day and night,

flipping in and out of the bed.

So much goes between

the ink and the flipping,

yet we don’t realise.

Just keep flipping.
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