Fly On the Wall : Four Minute Wedding invites viewers to peer through a portal of space and time in a somewhat voyeuristic manner and spy on the weddings of others.
The video connects the viewer to a wedding chapel in Las Vegas. Famed for it’s themed weddings, the chapel’s process is somewhat reminiscent of a production line at a factory. Each ceremony lasts for around four minutes, excluding the photo taking afterwards and the obligatory sing song. It was this that formed the basis of the project. It would somehow describe the process of the chapel. This was achieved by presenting appropriated video footage from a webcam as a time lapse. Originally planned to be presented as a 24 hour long loop as a live stream online, this plan was altered due to both technical and logistical constraints. In addition to this, it was difficult to highlight the methodology of the chapel with the repetition, timings and humor lost.
Presented as a time lapse, the video now conveys these elements through various means. For example, the video is four minutes long, as long as a typical ceremony. The repetition and reminiscence of a factory line rinse and repeat element are developed. There is also an element of humour cascading through the video which references Las Vegas, how over the top it is and also speaks about the type of weddings these are which further refers to the social differences between different cultural groups.
The video whispers of it’s origins. The low quality blocky video and tinny sound gently signify the internet. The final outcome is 24 hours of video appropriated from webcam footage compressed into about the time it usually takes for one of the ceremonies to complete.
Inspired by the aesthetic tendencies of artists such as Josh Poehlein and Willem Popelier the finished project echoes some of their influences. In the case of Willem Popelier this runs much deeper as the works share conceptual tendencies as well. Popelier’s “Showroom Girls” opens a portal to another space. A space where it is not immediately apparent if the subject knows they are being observed in a similar manner to this project.
By displaying the finished video on the internet, a further connection is being made between the origins of the concept and the method used to create the work. In addition to this, wedding invitations have been distributed to draw traffic to the website where the work is displayed. They have been designed to replicate the low quality, disposable, transient cards, adverts and leaflets distributed by unsavoury characters on the streets of Las Vegas. Their purpose is to direct the viewer to the URL.