Exercising with Princess Headgear (Adjustable)

Kinga Araya

2000, 04:30 minutes, colour, English


This video is an artistic interpretation of an actual performance that took place in the summer, 2000 on Mount Royal in Montreal. All the scenes of the video are in slow motion. Kinga Araya climbs wooden stairs to get
to the top of Mount Royal. Dressed in black, she wears a beautiful, yet cumbersome and dangerous copper hat (adjustable refers to the copper band inside the Headgear to fit almost any human head). When she finally
reaches the lookout, she continues to walk in a circle. She finishes her 'Royal Promenade' with a final spin, in the middle of this picturesque public space.
The first part of the video (about two minutes long) presents Kinga climbing the wooden stairs in the middle of Mount Royal Park. She seems lonely, tightly holding onto the handrail, surrounded by the trees. We hear a loud and rhythmic sound of copper spikes striking the steps of the stairs. The continuous reverberations of the sound are amplified inside the copper concave sculpture (42 cm in diameter). Kinga seems to be engrossed by her slow procession forward and concentrated on the resounding sound. There is an suggestive transition from Kinga's climbing the stairs to the next part of the video.
The second part of the video presents Kinga reaching the lookout where she strolls around. Since during the day of the recording there were many visitors on Mount Royal, the sound of the spikes is combined with the
public ambiance noise. Hence, we hear people walking and talking while admiring the view of Montreal. Most of the people look at Kinga and some interact with her intrigued by her strangely looking Headgear.

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