Video Installations


20 Breaths 

by Soyoung Chung

mirror, tablet pc, laptop, black fabric and plants

This is the demo video installation. 20 Breaths is playing from the laptop and the tablet pc while it is reflected by the mirror. Displaying the video work reflected in the mirror and positioned so low that is will make the viewers almost kneel or sit down while watching.

Toasts

By Jose Soto Munoz

My video installation consists of a toaster with no bread in it, but with a computer screen behind playing a video of the bread toasting and jumping that synchronized with the toaster. It is exactly from the perspective and angle from the camera that makes the effect that in fact, we are really making toasts, but just in the theory obviously.

This is just a compilation of ideas, all related to the concept of preferring to be a poser instead of being true or real to yourself. This is projected by showing that we actually not only prefer to see the food others eat and show the food that we ate in social media but to even prefer to watch videos of cooking instead of putting ourselves into the process of cooking.

I also liked the idea to make it with toast because it is usually breakfast food, and I wanted to reflect the idea of what we really have for breakfast nowadays is screens; either a computer, smartphone, tablets, TVs or whatever. I truly believe that if we are not eating in a rush in the morning, we all spend our breakfast time paying more attention to a screen that to the food and the process of eating themselves.

I must mention that I’m sorry that you have to spend more than a minute watching how nothing is happening, but that’s required for the effect I’m looking for and with the idea of rushing when breakfast and having some time to stop and consider things.

Reminiscence

By Nattanit Vora

The concept of this work came to me when I was reminded of how I felt when I got to eat my nanny’s home-cooked food the first time after I hop on the flight back to Thailand. 

The memories surfaced when a familiar taste starts to spread in your mouth, while all the things you remember about home pop up in your head after just one bite of that dish. In this piece, I intended to film memories from 5 different perspectives; taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound, respectively. The sound was not portrayed as videos but instead, it was the ambiance of my home I put in as a background. The reason why I did that is that when you reminisce, it is not only what kind of pictures came to your mind, but rather what did you feel as well. 

The video was displayed on a plate that I intended to do in the first place and was also the reason why I filmed the still shot of the food so closely so that when it is displayed on the dish it will actually be around the same size as the real food.

Raining Inside

By Fernando Soto Muñoz

Due to this worldwide virus situation, everyone is staying at home. Sometimes it can feel as if you’re locked in a prison. This is producing anxiety for some people and is causing them to have a lot of negative thoughts. This feels like a storm inside. And I wanted to work with this concept of depression and sadness during the quarantine.

I needed something to reflect what humans are, what life is. That’s when I came up with a plant as my object. So I made the most of the storm that took place a few days ago in my home city and filmed it while I played with the plant. I decided to move it to show how we can move apart from negative feelings but also how these thoughts can come back easily as well. I decided to introduce an umbrella to express the idea of how other people can protect us from ourselves sometimes.

Finally, I decided to place my video installation in the living room pointing at the terrace, where a glimmer of freedom can be found, creating a contrast between how reality on the outside may look like but how reality really is on the inside.

Video of Installation
Time flies when you are having fun

by Saga Tähtinen

The purpose of the installation is to explore how we perceive time. Time as a concept is rather abstract, and the only way to know how much time has passed is to use a clock of some kind. People often feel that time passes more slowly in a boring situation than when there is something to do. The opposite is true as well, hence the saying “time flies when you’re having fun.” It is often said that a person who is on the verge of dying can see his life passing before his eyes in a quick rewind in a matter of seconds.

The video consists of sped up and slowed down clips, so it’s impossible to guess the “real” duration of the video. This is meant to reflect on how we experience the passing of time. The ticking kitchen timer shows the real passing of time; despite how we may feel, time doesn’t actually slow down or speed up.

Censorship

By Yu-Hsuan Harjula

Censorship is trying to recreate the scene of a sexual victim having a shower after the attack. Males are also victims of sexual assaults, ironically, this is one of the only few occasions when women have more rights than men.

The video installation is aiming to create a dry “shower” for the visitors. Ideally, there would be seven displays in a fake shower in the hopes of making the visitor closer to the numbness and emptiness, and the feeling of being exposed, examined after the assault.

The setting in this example is not exactly what I envisioned, but the basic structure is what you see, there will be shower gel and sponges in separate corners of the makeshift shower. Each channel will contain one specific body part with the showerhead and similar editing style of the video, the placement will go accordingly to the human body, and one of the screens with the drain scene will be on the floor.

Untitled

By Diego Zalovich Parravicini

The themes that were set out to explore for this small-scale video installation were those of precarity and intimacy. By being limited in both installation space and technology, the idea of “precarity” seemed like one that unavoidably conditioned the piece. This condition was then chosen to be magnified in the selection of both device and physical support for the video. Intimacy was a concept that seemed interesting to explore in this context. How would closeness feel like being filtered and affected by the material situation of the installation?

The video content of the installation shows a video of the artist speaking tenderly to an unknown listener; this is partly inspired by the (nowadays) ever-present video calls and its function as a replacement for actual human contact.

After an exploration into low-quality materials to act as support for the phone, a “trash harness” was created; it consists of cheap supermarket plastic bag that hangs by rubber bands flimsily tied to paper clips which, in turn, are tied to another plastic bag. This harness was then attached to an exposed pipe in a cold hallway.

The installation is meant to be a first exploration into how human intimacy coexists with the precarious and liquid nature of life nowadays.

The following are the registries of an initial version for the piece. It is important to note that the camera used didn’t have sufficient quality to capture the installation faithfully; there are several issues with the lighting and focus.

The Wild West

by Isa Kiviaho

Two young men find the fruits of life and decide to have fun and destroy them.I chose the gun as my object for my video. And to contrast what to do with the gun we destroyed symbols for life, abundance, fertility, and health; fruits. What actually humans do with the guns.

Fade Out

by Mariana Santos Correia

This is a video installation that is a suspense sequence about a girl looking for her dog.

Throughout the video, you can see the different plays of visual and sound to convey suspense.

In regards to the installation, I have used the Amazon Echo Dot as a sound system and you can see it on the right side of the camera. The laptop is placed against the wall and the camera is placed directly in from if it. The quality of the image is not the best, however, I could not film with higher quality. Underneath the camera, I placed a little notebook to give it some support. On the right side of the display, you’ll see a carton of milk with the message “LOST” – which would often be used to advertise missing children. 

The shoe, on the right side, has a part made of net, I place my phone inside with the flashlight on which projected light over the objects with a nice effect. I had to use my phone to take the pictures of the set-up so you can’t see the light effect in the pictures.

I’ve placed a unicorn on the left representing a dog toy and a dead flower on the right, representing not only nature as well as the hope of the main character in the video.

Excessive Eating

by Saruda Singnil

This food video is a film to express the feeling of doing something in a repetitive way. The food in this film is used as an example to transfer the feeling of boredom and excessiveness. Food can be something very joyful at first but it became really disgusting when you have it too much. It’s an idea and metaphor of the feeling of overwhelming while doing the same thing. Repeating the same cycle and action, it became such a way of torturing. 

The visual of the food in the video started out as a very simple screen but then the action keeps repeating by adding more and more food. It became a giant pile of food that looks disgusting that you don’t wanna have it anymore. It’s just the same ideal feeling that you have when you are stuck in doing the same thing over and over again.

Indoor Ocean

by Emmaline Ewe

Indoor Ocean is a video installation piece about fantasy and reality. We take shells and relics from the beach to our home as souvenirs to have a piece of the ocean indoors. The right side of the screen is a fantastical vision of the sea through these souvenirs, where the sound of the sea can be heard from a conch, the clams are immersed under salty water and the shells are laid out along the sand. The left side shows the preparation for the recreation of such a scene; the clamshells are soaked under a faucet with sea salt thrown into it, the shells are laid on a sand-colored rug and the clam is held under a blue light to look like a reflection of the ocean. 

This installation is meant to be shown with 2 screens and the shells at the forefront.

Call Girl

by Elena Kostova

Call Girl is a video installation inspired by some of the symbols that people connect with sex. By mainly focusing on the colors and the location as a reference to “the daily job” of a call girl. The installation is a combination of motion, objects, and soundscape, which combined present to the viewer an indirect introduction to what would be connected with “the sex business.” As a student from the Netherlands where “the sex business” is legal and the variety of it is huge, my idea was to build a work that is showing the most well-known side and the cliches in this business. 

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