By Kim Lee Kho, assisted by Kal Honey
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A silent art video that is more like a gently transforming painting that loops for a few cycles. The vertical orientation reduces the apparent quality. I will upload a 1080p version soon. Originally presented on a 37" 1080p LED HDTV display rotated to vertical orientation.
'Binding Agreement' is one of my first two video artworks, though it hardly qualifies as a video at all. I think of it more as a transforming image. It loops a few times through the sequence in the course of its 6ish minutes. Because it is more like a painting than a film, it is best to quiet your mind a little before watching.
In my symbolic world, white picket fences represent domestic life, home ownership and a kind of middle class Canadian dream I grew up with. That dream, while pervasive in Canada anyway, was intensified by the values of my immigrant father for whom home ownership represents security, and security represents the highest value.
My own experience with home ownership has felt complicated, and I am old enough to have grown up in a time of major change in women's roles and expectations. Domestication has played out differently for women than for men, but for either sex there are those who find the situation less than comfortable.
There is more than one kind of "binding agreement" associated with different aspects of our domestication and alluded to in the title. Visually I have also referenced classical and Renaissance sculpture in this piece.