Co-Directed by Hiroshi McDonald-Mori
Digital Video, Experimental, 10 minutes, 2002
ROUND is a research project on analogue & digital myths of creation. In consultation with scientists, folklorists & theologians, we study the sterile white digital world of replication; a virtual breeding farm. Turbulent floods and disembodied hands sculpt figures with uncertain identities. Bodies roll chasing their own shadows in an infinite stream. A human race speeding along the fragile demarcation between object and subject, questioning the danger, or benefit, of becoming a thing amongst the things we produce.
"'ROUND' by Danièle Wilmouth and Hiroshi McDonald-Mori examines the body in relation to technology and contemporary concerns of cloning. Indeed through editing, the bodies in ROUND multiply on screen, passing by like so many mass produced commodities on a conveyor belt. Here video functions as a tool of replication, and mirrors in some regard, current debates surrounding biotechnology. Through camera angle and framing, bodies morph into abstraction, creating a fictive space for the viewer wherein the human form is translated into virtual image. Through repetition and accumulation, the bodyís unique physicality is simultaneously inflated in its complexity and reduced to spectacle and visual motif. Individuality and identity are compromised, producing a tension between surface and representation where the body resonates as mere object."
-- Trevor Martin, Curator, Betty Rymer Gallery