This work culminates and presents several stages of production.
- The creation of video art in response to an audio composition of mine.
- deconstructing this video art in post.
- projection mapping to a 3 dimensional surface area and performer/model in motion.
- video post production.
- audio visual post production.
Originally the final stage of shooting this video work produced a singular image/expression of this mapped performer, however in post production I rotated the image 90 degrees and mirrored it horizontally. This creates a sort of butterfly effect or perhaps something more ominous, a mask. I am beginning to explore more through various mediums this idea of the mask in likening it conceptually to the idea of 'digital content'.
Artistically the intent here was to try to express something beyond the commonplace objectification of women, taking it further, digitally speaking - into the partial destruction of the feminine form. The feminine form in this case is always there, but always in flux - construction and deconstruction; being born and dying; one moment to the next. In witnessing this flux we begin to touch upon a deeper sense of something beyond this flux mask, something more eternal and thus rediscover the inherent beauty of the feminine within a digital context.
The free phrases preformed on the piano here move to a sense of time that is perhaps more mystical, outside of the clock. It connects to our sense of bio-time. It also references the classical form of the prelude as a free flowing piano introduction to a larger work, in this case 'Carmen San Diego.
If you study the movement/dance of the performer you will see that to a degree her physical expressions are at one with the piano; emotive and identifiably human. The original movement sequence was much slower when performed and so this synchronicity came about by my digital augmentation of this movement in post to funnily enough, make it more human..?
The incessant electronic components of the audio composition represent the advancement of technology, at this stage - regulated, controlled, quantised, dazzling (masculine perhaps?).. Visually speaking this is represented as an imposition on the real, the Human, and yet it's inseparability from the human creates a Transhuman expression. Personally, on matters of Transhumanism - any artistic or technological expressions that do not support both the human's inseparable relationship to its physical environment & also the physical environment's inseparable connection to the human, there is no emergent Singularity, only Duality.
In the case of Carmen Prelude Pt 2 the dualistic expression of these electronic and organic elements as a semitransparent destruction of the feminine form offers to us the feminine as something not just to lust for, or to cling to, but something to hope for and build towards as one, in harmony with nature.
Thank you for your support in watching this. Carmen Prelude Pt 2 can be downloaded for free (or by donation) as part of the 'Carmen Extras' addition to the 'Carmen' Album at headandfelt.com.
This work is available for curation or private purchase at high resolution upon negotiation with the artist.