Jim Riley

2007, 03:35 minutes, colour, English


"This meditative video shows two hands breaking a tree branch in slow motion as a metaphor for nerve damage and the resilience of the human body. The sound component of the piece adds to the great amount of tension that is built up in the minimal gesture." - Scott McGovern from Edifying Edifices catalogue

Jim Riley suffered a head injury that resulted in a temporary inability to walk, as well as loss of control of his neuromuscular system, affecting his limbs for more than a three month period. With determination, he has been able to redirect the messages through his nervous system so that the injury is generally not noticeable. In spite of the absence of visible lasting effects, he still has some permanent issues concerning his neuromuscular system. This video illustrates his plight.

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