The Other, 2013

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The Other, 2013, Naomi O'Reilly

The Other 2013. Installation view Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia. High definition digital video installation on projectors, iPads and iPhones.

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The Other 2013. Installation details Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia. High definition digital video installation on projectors, iPads and iPhones.

The Other deals with ideas of personal identity experienced though intimacy. Referencing the artistic collaboration of Marina Abramović and Ulay. The Other features a female and male subject. The installation of the work experiments with ideas of the gaze, challenging the tradition of the female gazed upon subject of Renaissance painting. Similar to the work of Ann Hamilton the circular vignettes and peephole crops reference the sensual physicality of observation. In reference to the work of Australian artist Tracy Moffatt, The Other juxtaposes fantasy and reality through altered film to create a hyper real ascetic in reference to classic cinema.

Within the main projections, the two subjects are positioned to observe each other. The audience member interrupts this intimate gaze though there observation of the work. The smaller screens positioned close to the ground force the viewer to lie next to the subject in order to observe them, establishing an intimate moment between viewer and viewed. Within the dark room installation the audience member views the gazed upon subject through a peephole from a position of heightened empowerment, observing a vulnerable private moment. As the subject looks back at the observer, they become aware of the gaze. Through the observation of the other, the viewer becomes aware of the self.

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