Journey into Velvet - a fragmented looped video installation celebrating a collaboration with textile archaeologist Dr Ana Cabrera and artist-engineer Diana Scarborough
This artwork, inspired by Ana's research project 'Interwoven' based at the V&A Museum, London, plays with the concept of forensic investigation, creativity and cross-disciplinarity of art-science thinking by both practitioners. An interplay of visual and sound sources amplify this thinking and intense colours play homage to the luxurious nature of velvet, its materiality, alchemy, history and technology.
Fragments of conversation by Ana are placed with archival analogue film footage (Prelinger Archives copyright free). Images of velvets are animated to a sound track of ‘world music, hinting of the trade routes and mysteries of one of the earliest industries.
The looped work (full HD) has been designed for a large screen or projected with speakers in a gallery or museum space allowing an audience to view it as a walk-through experience.
Audio and Velvet Inages -Dr Ana Cabrera
Music (Creative Commons License- copyright free)
Hicham Chalido - Gouttes
Kai Engel - Celestial Plains and Without Redemption from Album ‘Deathless -The Renaissance’
Prelinger Archive- Journey Into Light- 29th June 1944