Diane Nerwen (US), Bahar Behbehani (US), Julia Oldham (US), Rosemarie Padovano (US), Jacqueline Nguyen (US), Jessica Ann Peavy (US)
curated by Eric Heist (US)
Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger
Six videos by six female artists are screened in this exhibition at Prosjektrom Normanns. The screening was originally curated for an outdoor show, thus sound is of less importance and the visual impressions crucial in these works. In this screening room you get both sound and picture.
Diane Nerwen: Open House
The contrasts of Brooklyn are juxtapozed, the demolition of old buildings and the tempting advertisements for the apartements in the new buildings that are to come. Sound IS important in this video, the pictures only show the destruction, while the sound shows the (commercialized) optimism for the future. For those who can afford it.
Bahar Behbehani: Snakes and Ladders
Toy soldiers are crawling through grass as they shoot, getting nowhere. Toys are becoming destructors, peaceful grass becomes a war scene.
Julia Oldham: Infinitely Impossible
The protagonist is in vain trying to grasp infinity, by drawing spirals, cutting paper in halves, mirroring mirrors.
Rosemarie Padovano: Please Touch
A wonderful movie and the highlight of the show: A person puts on white gloves and starts caressing a sculpture by Rodin. The visual impression is a very sensual approach to art. But the background text reveals that this is a project where blind people are allowed to experience art in their way. This is not so much about sensuality, but mostly about senses. In this way the blind person gets an impression we can never get. But we can watch and share her experience from the outside.
Jacqueline Nguyen: Documentation for an Epidemic Resistance
We see different people with headphones, at first serious, but then laughing out loud. We are told that what they are seeing is a video of people laughing, in a happening where people continued laughing for a very long period of time. Laughter is contagious.
Jessica Ann Peavy, Parable #5: La Policia and the Unknown Language
A woman speaks to her closet mirror, in English with Spanish subtitles. The story is continously interrupted by her dancing to music.