Autonomous Eye

Sandra Vida

1992, 05:10 minutes, colour, English


In this collaborative video piece, Pauline Cummins and Sandra Vida take control of the means of viewing and representation, revealing an identity and a sexuality which may exist in opposition to the constructed view of "woman-as-object". The visual, defined by the mirror image, the fragmented, fetishized body, is for women a confining cage. The work confronts the viewer with several frames within frames, inviting the viewer to participate by looking again, by reconsidering "points of view", by re-examining the limitations of existing frames.
L'oeil Autonme
Dans ce court métrage vidéo réalisé en collaboration par Pauline Cummins et Sandra Vida, les auteures prennent le controle des moyens de visualisation et de représentation, déviolant ainsi l'existence d'une identité et d'une sexualité contrairement à la vision consacrée de la "femme-objet". L'image, définie par le miroir, du corps fragmenté et devenu fétiche, est une cage dans laquelle sont confinés les femmes. L'oeuvre confronte le spectateur avec plusieurs cadres dans l'image, l'invitant à participer enl'obligeant à regarder à nouveau, à reconsidérer "les points de vue", à réxeaminer les limitations des cadres existants.

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