Exercises In Faith: Bird

Julieta Maria

2010, 01:52 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1004.08

Bird is a close up of my hand holding a canary, while it moves, trying to free itself from the grip. It is a helpless situation. The bird is forever trapped in an endless loop in which it does futile attempts at escaping.

The video reflects on fragility, beauty and violence, questioning the limits of our ethical relationship to one another and to the world. What does it mean to confront what is vulnerable? Is there a certain pleasure in the domination of others? What does it mean to have infinite power?

This video presents violence as a physical sensation. The flapping of the wings is a mute voice, a material voice. It is also the thrill of having someone’s heart trembling in your hand, someone’s pain in your hand.

Technical Requirements for Installation:

The video
Bird is to be installed running continuously on four CRT TV monitors. The monitors will be taken out of their covers, so that their circuitry is exposed, and will hang from the ceiling. This set up brings the reflection on violence beyond the image, and emphasizes the physicality of the work by involving the body of the spectator.

-Four CRT (cathode ray tube) 13’ TV monitors, with RCA video inputs.
-Air line cable to support the TV monitors from the ceiling. Their length and distribution would be determined according to the space.
-Four DVD players.

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