Video Art Miden, YouTube programme, February 2021
'Syncopation' (2017) from the 'Twenty' project has been selected by Video Art Miden, Greece for its February online video art screening programme, entitled 'Just before the earthquake' curated by Evi Stamou and Pietro Radin. The programme will be accessible from 1st-28th February 2021 at the Video Art Miden YouTube channel.
This video was derived from 'Home: A Structure on Trial' by Polish poet, Rafał Gawin. The poem took on autobiographical resonance, symbolic of my partner’s recovery from heart failure, with the home representing a place of refuge, whilst also becoming claustrophobic. The flickering sunlight, reflected upon the floors and doors is indicative of his irregular heartbeat, with correlations drawn between the structural dwelling and its signs of human presence and absence.
The selection "Just before the earthquake" consists of 10 videos that bridge the gap between film and literary image. Composing works that successfully mimic the simplicity of the short poetic form, the creators present visual haikus and epigrams, cinematic short stories and imaginative transcriptions of lyric poetry on the screen, while anthologizing aspects of our old and new normality, from the paradoxical magic of everyday life imagery to the moments of existential agony that give birth to the political impasse and oppression.