Mommy’s Crystal Tears (Four Channel Installation)

Gunilla Josephson

2011, 07:47 minutes, colour


Mommy’s Crystal Tears is a four channel video installation composed of two women’s faces isolated on a white background, separated by a slow moving close-up of a swaying chandelier. Winged babies [Putti] soar above our heads, projected on the ceiling.

The women are an aging mother (left) and her daughter (right). The daughter’s eyes are semi-transparent, orbiting reflective Black Obsidian crystals. The pupils are barely visible. She looks straight at us, occasionally shifting horizontally in deceptive increments.

The mother, hovering from above, embedded in white cloth (or cloud), looks down. She is crying diamonds, which at a closer look contain a blinking eye.

The two faces are separated by the third video, a slowly swaying chandelier towering toward a white ceiling.

The diegetic sound of the crystal chandelier clinking as it sways, has been stretched to the duration of one millennium, The first 7:40 of the millennium is heard in each cycle of the work.

Technical Specifications: 4 HD video projectors, 4 media players and hard drive, 5.1 surround sound system with optical input, 8 speakers and 1 subwoofer, chandelier and motion device (provided by artist), mattresses and cushions for viewing (provided by artist).

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