Funkenbildung der domestizierten Synapsen (Sparking of the Domesticated Synapses), 2010

Flying Room, 1995

(Installation view at lobby of Buchs/CH)

Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist is a Swiss contemporary video artist. The most famous is her colorful work of exploring the female body, like a lighthearted game, often combining camera-specific aesthetics and techniques with information from social criticism or commentary. “When I close my eyes, my imagination roams free,” she has explained. “In the same way I want to create spaces for video art that rethink the very nature of the medium itself. I want to discover new ways of configuring the world, both the world outside and the world within.”

I have been thinking about the different presentations of videos and how to create a suitable atmosphere. Pipilotti Rist inspired me a lot in the diversity of video presentations. She always makes multi-projector video installations that combine the essence and spirit of the so-called near psychedelic experience. Pipilotti Rist's work attempts to break the barrier between public and private spaces, which is what my work has been trying. 

When I think about how to display the series of my work Kill Myself, I try to combine video, music, furniture and other objects, which led me to investigate more information about Rist's work. I found that she is good at using video, music, lighting effects and furniture to create fantastic domestic interiors scenes. “The idea,” she explains, “is that now we’ve explored the whole geographical world, pictures or films are the new, unexplored spaces into which we can escape.” 

Ericka Beckman

Frame Up, 2005

(Dual Screen Installation, DVD/color/sound, 8 minute loop)

Cinderella, 1986

(16mm/color/sound, 28 minutes)

Ericka Beckman is an American film producer who has been making films since the 1970s. Her film focuses on the relationship between people and images, and how images compress people's perceptions of themselves and reality. Her works gave me a lot of inspiration.

 

I think her use of the scene is very interesting. She is good at turning a real scene into a game venue. Frame UP is an 8-minute dual-screen film that uses the expanded architectural area of ​​the Walker Art Center Museum as At platform of a mixed pinball game. At the beginning of the game, the crane rotates at high speed and the two balls fall off the chute of the elevator. Over time, construction workers and building materials have become obstacles to bouncing the ball.

 

In my work Down the rabbit hole, I put in the elements of Alice's fairy tale and extracted some of the sounds in Alice's movie. I found and reviewed Beckman's work Cinderella because her work is also related to the fairy tale element. Beckman's work is very interesting. She decomposes and sets fairy tales into games, and also separates imagination and reality to some extent.

 

I hope that my work can inspire the imagination of the audience. In Beckman's work Memory Core, the audience needs to enter a theatre-like room through velvet curtains. At first, only a small stage made up of light tubes and wood was visible. Soon after, by adding projection and electronic serialization of motion, sound and lighting, the installation became a star performer, gently Guide the imagination of the audience. Passing through the broken door and down the stairs to the basement, this space becomes a metaphor for the memory world. This work has had an impact on the way I make my video installation.

Memory Core, 1989

(Installation, computerized lights and sound)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

The film is the masterpiece of the Soviet documentary filmmaker Dziga Vertov, the founder of the "Movie Eye" theory. The film was mainly filmed in Odessa, Ukraine, and the cameraman was Vertov's brother Mikhail Kaufman. The film is divided into audiences, city dawn, people's work and rest, sports and art practice. It presents an ideal city in the new Soviet society by portraying all aspects of people's lives. Photographer Mikhail Kaufman also appeared in the film screen while filming, creating the "self-exposed" film form. In this landmark breakthrough documentary, Vertov used the avant-garde editing techniques such as double exposure, fast forward, slow motion, frame freeze, jump editing, and screen segmentation for the first time. New shooting techniques such as elevation, close-up, and push-pull lenses are used,  and create a stop motion animation.

 

I watched this movie in order to edit my video. The delicate black and white image in this movie gave me a lot of shocks and gave the texture of the viewing. Although this is a socialist propaganda film, its shooting techniques and editing techniques have given me a lot of inspiration. I really like its image segmentation and shooting angles, which produce good visual and auditory effects, and can further explore the meaning of the image.

I think it brings the montage technology to the height of the advanced experiment. The fragmented lens is clipped together in different ways to generate secondary information and convey emotions, showing the ultimate charm of the clip, and the photographer's self-exposed concept lead the film to almost the depth of philosophy. We think that everything we see is justified and taken for granted. But in fact, all of this is a carefully planned screening.

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