The other night I dreamed that something quite magical was happening on my work desk ...
A drop of water had fallen on it and all of a sudden I could see all the movements I had just done before appearing on some kind of transparent sheet of paper, as if it was a screen. The movements were in slow motion and the whole thing looked very beautiful.
I want to try out different ways of displaying moving images. I want to play with projection and try it on different kinds of screens, at different distances. I want to play with light and shadows. I'd like the projection (projector and screen) to be part of the installation and see how the viewer could interact with it.
I photocopied the two first pages of each of my diaries written since I arrived in England. I left my hands on the photocopier window. I covered my writings with thick black marker and scanned the photocopies.
The result is a strange intimate reading experience where the handwritten words cannot be read but where you nearly touch the writer's hands, turning the pages along with her.
Following this work, I made a video piece "Dark Continent", shown at Burslem School of Art in April/May 2007 for the exhibiton "Artists fight against racism" curated by Jane Goetzee.
Accompanying text :
"The phrase "Dark Continent" first appeared as evocating Africa in a colonialist context. It was then used by Sigmund Freud to refer to women's sexuality and later discussed by feminist intellectuals, critizising the passive role associated with feminity. In their early revendication, feminists also tended to establish a parallel between the…
I have started to film and take pictures of moving people. "Veiled Messages" - June 2008 -
Music : Gilberto Gil - "TataEngenhoNovo"- album "O sol deoslo"
The photos used in this slide show were taken during a theatre workshop with B Arts people.
I just liked what was happening there. When I put the images together and added the music, it clearly appeared as a continuation of some previous works. Something to do with non-verbal communication, foreign language and translation. Movement, body, sensuality are also certainly some other key words ...
"A a a a a a a men" - June 2008 -
Music : Vivaldi - Stabat Mater -
This came out of a second session where I directed Susan, Hilary and Emma. I asked them to follow and "listen" to each other with great attention. My request was about the quality of this listening and I also wanted them to be as close as possible to each other, but without touching. For the rest, they could move as they wanted …