This video documents the installation view and a close-up view of the Moving Stills series at Cornish College of the Arts in February 2012.
Moving Stills (Series) 2012
Single-Channel High Definition video
LED Monitor, Solid-state media player, Frame
Running time: 03:05 looped
The Moving Stills series concept was originally inspired by paintings that hover around the 17th century vanitas genre; paintings featuring objects that are intended to suggest themes of life, death, and question pleasures and possessions.
I have always been intrigued by the suggested human presence/absence communicated through the subject matter in vanitas paintings. Crumbs of food, wine half-drunk, rumpled tablecloths or worn sheet music, as if someone just left the table a moment ago and might return any moment.
The challenge of creating an 'active' still life interested me even more. A scene that transformed in various ways, creating an element of surprise, gratification or even anxiety in a viewer. Subtle blinking reflections, shifts in lighting and rogue objects that move around the scenes at will break the stillness of these still life scenes.
This series playfully explores human presence not only through a historical reference or carefully placed subject matter, but also through the manipulation of space and time that disrupts the stillness one might expect of still life works at first glance.
More stills and installation documentation is available at http://www.carolinekapp.com/video-installations.html.