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a Line

running time: 22:27
edition of 10 + 2 AP
NTSC / Color / 4:3 Conventional Screen / Stereo

A Line is an exploration of the meaning we give to spaces. The Progression of the video, which is loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, is composed of twelve sections which fall into three parts.

The first part is concerned with theoretical aspects of space, the sheer mathematical, constructed notions that culture has imposed upon it. The imagery ranges from clocks, architectural plans and collaged city elements to a purely mathematical world of computer generated imagery. In many ways this is the first step in making sense of the world, in being able to create a unit on which to build.

The video proceeds to social aspects of space: shared spaces and their conventions for operability and use. Here we see a procession of workers juxtaposed with religious imagery, crowds and isolated individuals. This section end with a poke at Carroll's Mad Tea Party, where a series of cups fervently fight and ward off each other in a battle of dominance over space.

The video finishes with personal space. The quirks of personal perception, personal experience and knowledge that go to form the meaning we imbue the spaces we live in. The video shows a montage of faces and gestures accompanied with symbols paralleling and contrasting the monotone repetition of the unit introduced in the first section. The theory has been given live. The video ends on a playful note with the drawing of a curved line poetically showing the meanderings of one's perception in space.

A Line is meant to portray these three aspects of space as a rich immersive experience. It wants to underscore that the experience that an individual has of their environment encompasses all parts and facets.

Exhibition History:
  • Directed: The Intersections of Book, Film and Visual Narrative, Minnesota Center for Book Arts , Minneapolis. 2013.
  • A Line, Artemisia Gallery. Chicago, 2000.
  • The 28th International Montreal New Cinema and New Video Festival, Ex-Centris. Montreal, 1999.