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ROTATION METHOD (2018)
Experimental 3D animation, 4K duel channel video, 2.1 sound (11 minutes 3 seconds), installation, digital photograph, sculptures
Cello improvisation by Jacob Cohen
ROTATION METHOD is video installation combined experimental 3D animation and digital printing on canvas. The title is in reference to Soren Kierkegaard’s theory of the same name, which proposes a mechanism used to avoid boredom, but eventually leads to a state of despair. The film depicts a surreal exploration of a traveler in a gold-plated racing helmet, accompanied by a dog with a phonograph head. The protagonist’s expedition brings him pleasure, but at the same time leads him to difficult circumstances. The dog, as his companion, is a symbol of the metaphor of life. Tension exists between the two, as the dog penetrates the traveler’s body with its spinning apparatus on the head. When the dog kills the traveler, the two continue on their journey, a cycle between life, death, and infinite exploration.
ROTATION METHOD - Crossing the Alps (2018)
Digital Photography, archival inkjet print; 64 x 64 inches, framed
ROTATION METHOD – Crossing the Alps is a digital photograph featuring characters found in the animated short film ROTATION METHOD. This image references Kehinde Wiley’s contemporary appropriation of Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David’s five paintings of Napoleon Bonaparte. This project plays with cultural diversity by fusing artists from three different generations and ethnic backgrounds. The fantastical renderings and spontaneous manuscripts explore the idea of misidentification in an era of complexity, whilst the pseudo heroic gesture of the characters allude to the unpredictability of the forthcoming events.
sketch of the installation view for BRIC Biennial 2018
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