absolute ceiling #1

Reynolds, Cheryl (2006) absolute ceiling #1. [Contribution to a Show/Exhibition]

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absolute ceiling #1 is a digital video art installation that's informed by theories of the contemporary sublime and phenomenology. It comprises two parts: 6 looping digital video DVDs presented on 6 floor-based monitors aligned in a strip, and 2 looping digital video DVDs projected onto the wall at just below ceiling level. Incorporating cloud sky sun and aircraft as symbols, the works utilize a multiplicity of perspectives and fluctuating expanses creating an audio visual experience that engages with ideas of space, time, nothingness and the sublime, particularly a technological sublime. The central floor-based video installation makes reference to Barnett Newman's Zip paintings. I was taught never to shoot into the sun. When rendered in-camera, the sun - as a result of the extreme levels of light created by it - facilitates the effect of the digitalized vertical line or Newmanesque Zip. The line of monitors is arranged horizontally on the floor in the centre of the room creating a sculptural object that evokes the experience of being inside an aeroplane, reflecting the rows of monitors on the rear of passenger seats that can be found within most aircraft. There are 6 blades on a standard Air NZ ATR engine propeller, reflected in the choice of 6 video monitors. The work itself comprises 12 separate video sequences each made up of 6 individual videos, presented on 6 monitors in a line on the floor, with each monitor positioned with a gap of 26 inches between each monitor. The two projected videos are diptychs projected behind the row of monitors, projected onto the wall at just below ceiling level. The diptychs present paired aircraft wings alternated with paired views of water from the air. The additional audio element helps us to locate the work. The sound is the sound of technology - the deep hum of aircraft engines. The engine sounds are however also interspersed with the sound of human activity. Whilst the video images are of airspace mediated by technology that point to a sense of awe and wonder, the contrasting audio element returns the work to the human and to the lived experience. The videos presented in absolute ceiling are not boundless like the images associated with the romantic sublime. The aim of this work is not to summon the terror or "awesomeness" of the sublime. The videos are in fact images of light formed by light. The source is sometimes located beyond the edge of the image, sometimes reflected in it, and sometimes centrally positioned within the image. The sky is the place of the event. The event is direct sunlight or reflected sunlight on water, on clouds, or on parts of aircraft - mediated through contemporary technology. absolute ceiling #1 seeks to present & reflect & repeat & re-present & so on... phenomena that have been experienced as moments of everyday lived experience, which raise questions that point to theories of sublime and phenomenology.

Item Type:Contribution to a Show/Exhibition
Additional Information:Curated by Mercedes Vincente
Keywords that describe the item:Art Video Installation Digital Aerial Contemporary Sublime Phenomenology Absolute Ceiling Scale Perspective Space Time ck reynolds ckreynolds New Zealand
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
Divisions:Corporate > Centre for Creative Industries
ID Code:254
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Deposited On:27 Jul 2009 06:26
Last Modified:09 Apr 2010 02:34

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