Three Weeks In Quarantine (Song Sparrow)
2020, 02:02 minutes, colour, English
Three Weeks in Quarantine is a suite of four videos made from short clips, sequentially linked together through audio and text. While the videos seem very static, several near still images placed together, they are the result of the tracing of a bodily habit through space during the first lockdown throughout March-June 2020.
This particular video, Three Weeks In Quarantine (Song Sparrow) introduces the setting (both its physical and temporal locations). The work opens with an image of apparent statues, and the audio is a voice message from a friend living overseas. As this “narration” continues, the camera focuses on particular architectural details before returning to a residential neighbourhood and an apartment interior.
A conch-shaped shell is seen at the base of the fountain in a local park, and there happens to be a conch shell in the apartment where this video was shot. The shell becomes implicated in various scenes, both indoors and out. Sounds of water and birds are consistent, pointing to how the environment of these videos is built through recordings.
This video - and the others in the suite- return to specific spaces, focusing on particular objects and architecture - such as radiators, bottles, and columns - their repetition reinforcing their quotidian yet ambiguous nature. The peace sign at the video’s conclusion points back to the language of social media used throughout this work.
Rental and Sales
Single Screening Rental
Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)
5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy
Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote
Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote
Curators and programmers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.
Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.