Gravity 1997-1999

Nina Levitt

1997, 03:20 minutes


A meditation on transgression, subjectivity, risk and loss.
Comprised of five elements installed as distinct stations in a darkened room, 3 video projections and 2 audio systems:
The sound of a sonar echo permeates the space emitted from a gray metal public address speaker mounted near the ceiling. Source: digitally created for
o ceiling mounted PA speaker, amplifier, CD player
Dancers at "The Gateways" lesbian bar, London. Video loop comprised of two slow motion sequences: a long shot of a crowd of women dancing; cuts to a close-up of a young couple dancing cheek to cheek.
The Killing of Sister George, 1974, Director: Robert Aldrich.
o 10’ x 8’ video wall-projection, LCD video projector, VCR
Video projection of a sequence of women divers spinning, in slow motion, over a sparkling blue swimming pool. Projected onto a white surface on the floor.
Source: Television coverage of 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Women’s Diving Competition.
o 22" x 26" image, mini video projector, tripod, VCR, vinyl sheet
Video projection loop of "the First Woman in Space", Valentina Terechkova, waving and smiling for the camera from her Russian space capsule. Projected onto an opaque Plexiglas screen suspended from the ceiling. Viewers can watch the flickering black & white image from both sides.
Dateline: 1961/62 Into Orbit, produced by ABC News, New Atlantic Productions, 1982.
o mini video projector, tripod, VCR, 9" x 13" Plexiglas suspended from ceiling
Two unhoused audio speakers form a listening station on the wall. The aria
Ebben n’andro lontana plays every 2 minutes at low volume (duration = 4:49).
Golden Opera, Decca Record Co., London, 1993, (from the opera La Wally by Alfredo Catalani, sung by Renata Tebaldi).
o 2, 8" audio speakers, amplifier, CD player
This work has been installed in various gallery spaces in both group and solo exhibitions:
30' x 30' (Gallery 400, Chicago); 20' x 50' (Ottawa Art Gallery); 50' x 45' (Gallery TPW, Toronto)

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