video: Lia (liaworks.com)
sound: Vitor Joaquim (vitorjoaquim.pt)
More than in her earlier videos, in flow LIA works with nearly ornamental forms that run riot over the screen to the sound created by Vitor Joaquim. The basic elements, as always, are extremely delicate graphic figures. At first they seem like microbiological particles with Art Deco or Jugendstil buds and calyxes sprouting from them, which are then covered by a dense mesh resembling bamboo later. Its aesthetic character apparently refers to minimalistic art from the Far East. The resulting impression of rapid movement comes not from the elements themselves, which are in fact motionless, but from the thousandfold multiplication they experience without interruption.
“Becoming and Disappearing”: LIA’s images are in perfect harmony with Joaquim’s music. Inspired by Laurie Anderson’s repetitive song-speech of the 1980s, a woman’s voice embedded in a reduced electronic soundscape dominates. While the music follows a circular structure, avoiding peaks in its intonation, the elements’ growth on the visual level becomes increasingly dense and impenetrable. Proliferating incessantly, the individual graphics pile up in layers, taking on the appearance of sculptural figures that dissolve quickly in the never-ending flow of new forms. A continuous blood-red pulsation which covers the entire screen gives the ornamental mesh a corporal aspect from the very beginning, and accentuates the organic aspect simulated by means of movement on the screen. And what began as the seed of small circular grains disappears by the video’s end in a field of white light, an implosion of the constant growth into itself.
// Text: Gerald Weber, Translation: Steve Wilder