RAPIDLY SHOT MOMENTARY NUISANCES
SPATIAL VIDEO INSTALLATION
Which of these statements best describes reality:
1a- Syria is overrun by terrorists; the state is fending them off.
1b- Syria is witnessing an uprising of its people; the state is forcefully oppressing them.
2a- Ukraine is being invaded by Russia.
2b- Russia is protecting its citizens on Ukrainian soil.
3a- The Senkaku islands are Japanese; the Chinese have no right to claim them.
3b- The Diaoyu Islands are Chinese; the Japanese have no right to claim them.
How can we ever truly know? Through news agencies and their field reporters?
Can these agencies and reporters ever be objective?
When reporters become so entangled in the daily survivals of people under fire, don't they become incidental actors as well?
How about looking at the bigger picture from the outside then? Isn’t it good enough to finally have an objective perspective on the issue at hand?
Visitors of Rapidly Shot Momentary Nuisances are faced with these questions as they try to make sense of fragments of images projected on the multiple segments of a screen dislocated in space. The visitors’ shadows are cast as well on these segments giving the illusion of being part of the projected images.
The more they move away from the fragments, the more “the Bigger Picture” starts to make sense. Yet the Bigger Picture is not necessarily the WHOLE PICTURE!
In order to fully perceive and apprehend the latter, a stationary point of view is not enough: visitors have to be in a state of constant movement entering, exiting and circling all around the whole body of screen segments.
The video projection used in Rapidly Shot Momentary Nuisances is Akira Kurosawa’s Rashômon (1950).
As Rashômon is the telling of 4 different versions of the exact same murder, in Rapidly Shot Momentary Nuisances each version is individually singled out, cut and projected on one of the 4 vertical orientations of the body of screen segments.
As for the upward facing orientation of segments, they carry the projection of the uncut/unedited version of Rashômon.