“HER” is a split-screen single channel video collaboration between Iranian artist Parisa Ghaderi and Serbian artist Natasa Prljevic. “HER” is a series of micro narratives that inform an intimate portrait of a woman. It is a merging experience of two displaced artists, dealing with ideas of home, loss, and female identity. These positions collide in a desperate need to embody the present moment.
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A 13-year-old girl accidentally sends a text message meant for a school friend to a complete stranger -- a man in his 30s living on the other side of the country. This innocent mistake sets into motion a series of misunderstandings that ends up ruining his long-term relationship while, at the same time, starting a first ever romance for this shy girl. We witness the drama intersecting these two strangers' lives -- completely oblivious to each other -- as it unfolds in real time, side-by-side in split-screen format, from its happy/sad beginning to its sad/happy end.
Two-channel video and sound installation 01:52 excerpt out of 08:25
This is a 01:52 excerpt in split-screen form of a two-channel video and sound installation. The work derives from the documentation of a public sound intervention installed at Stanley Park peninsula in Vancouver. An amplifier broadcasting the sound of ocean waves was hidden behind the bushes alongside the seawall, causing instantaneous disorientation, confusion, or pure curiosity for the passersby. The piece explores ideas of illusion and artificiality.
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This is an artwork about the theory of multiple, parallel universes in quantum mechanics. I took my father’s relationships with various women as the starting point for a series of ‘what if’ scenarios. For instance, what if my father had stayed with my mother; what would they look like as a couple later in life? After my parents split up, what if my father had stayed with Henrietta, who was partial to smoking marijuana; what might their wedding day look like? What if my father had stayed with Nora, a fat girlfriend who had severe alopecia and consequently no body hair? What if my father had stayed with Frances, the woman whom he did marry briefly, who seemed to me, through my fourteen-year-old eyes, to be sex-crazed. All these alternatives, and more, are painted on twenty-centimetre square tiles. These tiles are designed to interlock and move around in a frame as a large puzzle-tile work.
I filmed my eighty-six-year-old father interacting with the work and moving the tiles around, rearranging my alternate histories of his life. I used two cameras, running at the same time recording images from either side of his interaction with the work. In editing the video, I split the screen and ran both films together. On the left side image, however, I again split and mirrored the vision from a centre point. My father, and his body parts, move in and out from the centre of the mirrored image, disappearing and reappearing like movement through a central portal, possibly accessing multiple alternative universes. This idea of the portal, through which to access other worlds, has been exploited in science fiction but is generally not supported by the many-worlds theory. However, in 1997, German physicist Rainer Plaga speculated that parallel worlds are weakly linked, thereby permitting communication between branches of the multiverse. He proposed “a procedure for “interworld” exchange of information and energy”.
This is a film I collaborated with students from Brisbane, Australia on in my Documentary class. Our goal for our film was to capture day of Oswego, New York and the night of Brisbane, Australia in a short split screen Documentary.