Three Weeks In Quarantine (Song Sparrow)

Laura Paolini

2020, 02:02 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 2122.04

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.

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