In “The Drowning,” I wanted to explore the impressions running through a man’s mind in the moments before his death: the sensation of time slowing down, of heightened bodily perceptions, and the simultaneous unreeling of an internal cinema of images -- seemingly unrelated – that create an unconscious narrative of personal history and emotion. The story in his head changes in the last seconds as the oxygen-deprived brain starts shutting down, speeding faster and faster, turning into a surreal, psychedelic collage of colors and primary symbols, the foundations of learned experience reduced to their individual blocks of information, electrified and dispersing like split atoms or dying stars.

Qu'est-ce qui traverse votre esprit dans la langueur des derniers moments de votre vie ? Ce film constitue une élégie à la mort venue d'un autre monde, où mémoire et sensation s'entremêlent dans une lutte sans merci, placée sous la voute étoilée, aux relents oniriques, d'insaisissables galaxies dont le perpétuel mouvement jaillit tel un parcours visuel sans fin.

Image/sound: Kasumi
Dancer: Chan U Hong

3 video channels, 6 audio channels installation

The Drowning is a screening version of my work "MO-SO," an EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission 2009-2010, supported by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, Experimental Media and Performing Arts, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

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