Video

self-portrait in alterNation between descension & ascension

Jude Norris

2010, 03:55 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 181.15

Available as a single screenings or for installation.

Installation requirements are:
Minimum screen size, 40” flatscreen, wall mounted, LCD Monitor. Stereo sound.

A looped-format self-portrait of the artist on an escalator. The location is the Brooklyn library, and the artist wears a turn of the century, plains-style deer hide dress and regalia (and puma boots). She steps endlessly, upwards then downwards, yet always remains at the same elevation. Watched for an extended length of time, the movement becomes mesmerizing, and it is less clear if she steps in response to the elevator’s movement, or if it moves in response to her steps. The forward/backward movement of the action is also present in the sound, adding to the strangeness of the image.

In this playful, serious & surreal altered-time piece, the escalator and the simple act of taking steps are abstracted to become symbolic of spiritual movement and process, imposed/colonial notions, and our relationships to technology and the world as a whole.

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