Category: Finished Work
Yesterday I finished my piece, Breathe, and displayed it in C.04. I tried draping and hooking shower curtains over it to see how that would distort the piece or add meaning. I love how the shower curtain acts as if suffocating the canisters and pipes, which seem to resemble lungs and air pipes. I played my sounds in the room at the same time, which indeed did induce an increased sense of eeriness, anxiety and panic.
Here is a link to a video of the piece (a walk around with the audio playing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKY0LG6TLIE
Although in the video the shower curtain only covers one side, I also experimented having them completely enveloping the piece, as seen in the photos above.
The shower curtain reminds of a clinical, clean environment referring to wards in hospitals attempting to fight covid. They connote a certain cleanliness which reminisces on the use of hand sanitisers and attempts to keep things sterile. This contrasting with the dirty canisters points to an attempt at control of the uncontrollable.
This links to my overriding theme: unsuccessful attempts at containment and control; control of the virus, society, the environment and on a more personal level: anxiety and panic. The curtains lie flimsy and weak on top of the strong, heavy metal pipes and canisters, which in their composition seem as though they are animated, uncontrollable, about to burst open or rip apart the curtain.