Installation video from Ms&Mr exhibition 'I Need You Here And Not Here Too', Primavera, MCA, Sydney
19 September - 30 November 2008
Videodromes For The Alone: Study For Retrograde Motion
1988 / 2008
archived VHS rotoscoped with HDV and animation
two channel, silent, 1080p, 16:9
0:47 min (loop)
enlarged pages 236 & 245 from 'Our Universe', 1980, ed. Roy Gallant (Illustration of a black hole sucking in a light ray, by Helmut K. Wimmer, spaceships illustrating galaxies zooming away and moving towards us, by Ron Miller)
Study For Retrograde Motion is the artists domestic thought experiment in Special relativity and home movies. In this dual channel install, Ms&Mr appear to change their relative contexts in chronological time. A preteen Richard recorded and extracted from 1988 VHS footage and an adult Stephanie in 2008 HDV, are choreographed together, proposing an alternative on-screen relationship. As with their other home movie interventions, Ms&Mr wipe the video's mnemonic power by closing the disjuncture between the subjectivity of time and the recording of it. Like renegade protagonists at the cliff of a mountain of tape, Ms&Mr resume authorship of their archived bios and the implied eye of the camera in order to propagate their homegrown fictional sciences.
As figures in motion, each seem to have a physical force upon their lover, landed amidst an environment erased to lunar qualities. This intersection of composite video formats is perceived simultaneously, so whether they are moving forward or in reverse appears indeterminate; acting to suspend or displace the directions of time. They orbit in a timelike curve, the inevitably romantic paradox of time.
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