Stage or She – Stopped
four-channel video installation dimensions vary, 2009/10
(4 video, wooden stage (optional), RGB LED lighting, reflectors, dresses on hangers, polyurethane fabric, digital prints A4, balloons)
video 1: Panning Left to Right, 2:25-min video loop, sound
video 2: Panning Up and Down, 04:54-min video loop
video 3: Panning, 56-sec video loop, sound
video 4: Zooming Out, 43-sec video loop
author: Kristina Horvat Blažinović
camera and editing: Kristina Horvat Blažinović
photos for video Zooming out: Mario Jakšić
model in video: Smiljana Šafarić Bunić
sound: Antun Toni Blažinović
sound editing: Kristina Horvat Blažinović
A four-channel video installation called Stage or She–Stopped is organized as a theatre “situation”. On an illuminated medium-sized stage or, alternatively, in an empty middle-sized room/pavilion, there are four non-synchronized video projections: two of them on the walls and two on TV monitors.
Scenographic elements presented in the video, and the performer’s clothing keep repeating in a physical space (on stage) as part of scenography.
Videos 1, 2 and 3 show a segment of an identical interior in which, always at the same spatial position, like an exhibit, the performer strikes a variety of static poses. She is paused, “frozen” at some stage of an activity or movement (e.g., in combat action, during rotation, as determined, erotic, etc.).
In videos 1 and 2, in the horizontal, i.e. vertical panorama, without stopping, camera voyeuristically captures space as theatrical scenery and a woman who at every passing of a camera wears a different dress and assumes another frozen pose of a hypothetical motion.
Video 3 is constructed by static photos of the same situation that in a progressive sequence illustrates the effect of a “negative” zoom (from the body detail to the medium shot). Video 4 shows a horizontal panorama of the same area without the woman.
The work is based on the contrast and permeation of the static and dynamic, physical and virtual, personal and public space. It raises the issue of volatility and variability of an identity (of a woman) in the context of public (social – required and expected), and individual situations.
The size of the stage or room (pavilion): approx 350 x 250x 60 cm (dimensions and layout vary depending on the character and parameters of a location).
2 video projectors
2 TV monitors (dimensions vary)
4 DVD players
Optional: constructed stage, dimensions cca 350x250x60 cm