ANATOMICAL SYSTEMS, 2008.
4 Channel Video Installation.
Documentation: June 2008, Bermont Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
Channel 1: Grid 1. Duration 10 minutes. Grid of 12 videos on continuous loop.
Channel 2: Grid 2. Duration 10 minutes. Grid of 12 videos on continuous loop.
Channel 3: Grid 3. Duration 10 minutes. Grid of 12 videos on continuous loop.
Channel 4: Grid 4. Duration 10 minutes. Grid of 12 videos on continuous loop.
Book: 14 Pages. Vellum, card-stock, thread.
Anatomical Systems is a 4 Channel Video Installation which involves an investigation of the human body through the eyes of the participant. The piece contains 48 short film clips varying in lengths between three and five minutes. Each film contains one subject and was filmed on an Apple Macbook Pro using the computer’s embedded “i-Sight” web-camera.
The concept of the installation is derived from the idea of the camera functioning as a mirror. The participants were able to see themselves as they were being filmed.
There were no specific instructions and the direction that each film took was decided upon by the participant as they underwent the explorative and liberative process of filming their own body.
Each participant was required to be both nude and completely alone in the space during the filming process. The i-Sight camera was to remain stationary. The participant was in control of when the film was to begin and end. The participants chose how to occupy the space they inhabited as opposed to the space that was displayed on the screen, allowing each of them to select which parts of his or her body would be visible to the camera. Each participant was given just a single take only to complete their film.
48 individual videos are projected in a grid format of twelve on four walls and play simultaneously. A book compiling selected writings from each participant and their reflections of their individual experiences throughout both the filming of Anatomical Systems and the aftermath is available on a small stand within the gallery space upon entry.
Viewers are encouraged to sit or lay down on the large green carpet provided in the middle of the space to view the work. This mode of presentation encourages the immersive and environmental nature of the installation and allows for viewers to achieve both a sensory and overwhelmingly contemplative experience while viewing the work. Since each of the 48 videos are set to loop and because they are all slightly different lengths, there are infinite possibilities of what the viewer is watching from second to second. Viewers will never watch the same thing happen twice, as new combinations and patterns begin emerge in the work at every moment.