Amalgamation: Disintegration, 2014

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Amalgamation: Disintegration 2014 (Still). Digital Installation Mock-Up. 3 Channel High Definition Layered Digital Video. 1920 x 1080 pxl [6:07 looped]. Installation dimensions vary. Image courtesy of the artist.

Amalgamation: Disintegration: Female 2014. High Definition layered digital video. 1920 x 1080 pxl [6:07 looped]

Amalgamation: Disintegration: Amalgamation 2014. High Definition layered digital video. 1920 x 1080 pxl [6:07 looped]

Amalgamation: Disintegration: Male 2014. High Definition layered digital video. 1920 x 1080 pxl [6:07 looped]

Amalgamation: Disintegration 2014. Installation Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia. 3 Channel High Definition Layered Digital Video with Sound. 1920 x 1080 pxl [6:07 looped]. Installation dimensions vary.

Amalgamation: Disintegration deals with ideas of personal identity experienced though intimacy. A three-channel projected video installation piece of high definition imagery that encompasses the viewer in an overwhelmingly saturated grid of breathing, beating, pulsating and jittering body parts. Influenced by the artistic collaboration of Marina Abramović and Ulay. Amalgamation: Disintegration features a female and male subject. The installation of this work engages with ideas of the gaze, challenging the tradition of the female gazed upon subject.

Within the main projections, the two subjects are positioned to observe each other. The audience member intersects this intimate gaze though their observation of the work. The central panel features the male and female subject integrating into one. The layered videos unite in a corporal and carnal inferred interaction. Layered over the subjects are internal shots of the human body, sourced from surgical footage and national geographic documentaries. The abstract biological and medical imagery creates a dissonance between sensual figurative forms. A soundtrack of guttural sounds connecting the tangible physical form to the delicate internal accompanies the projections and further engulfs the viewer. As the sound speeds and slows the viewer is moved between states of calm and heightened – almost anxious – tensions.

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