Against a Brick Wall. Production still, 2015. ECSTATIC TIME is a series of media artworks, made entirely during an artist residency in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad + Tobago. The series responds to a sense of place through the mediums of slow-motion videography and animated photography. Expanding on filmmaker Hollis Frampton’s notion of “ecstatic time,” the project presents a set of short, looping videos and animated GIFs that document a series of performative gestures in Port-of-Spain and the surrounding area. Performed by the artist’s family members, friends, acquaintances, and local dancers, these brief gestures (some staged, some spontaneous) portray a sense of redundancy, futility, and slowness in a local, cultural context. During interactions with the natural and built environments of Trinidad, the characters defy gravity, dive in and out, hide in plain sight, push forward, retreat…(and repeat).
The Bootstrap Myth. Animated GIF & Digital Video, 2015. Performed by Karian Forde. Cinematography by Kevin Huggins.
Against a Brick Wall. Animated GIF and Digital Video, 2015. Performed by Tricia-Rae Boyce, Tevin Daniel, Karian Forde, Solomon Lee, Anika Marcelle, Dara Marie Raggay, & Kwasi Romero Cinematography by Kevin Huggins
Go Forward, Go Backward. Still from Digital Video, 2015. Performed by Christian Marsden.
Letting Go (Unidentified Flying Object). Animated GIF, 2015.
Leap into the Void. Animated GIF, 2015. Performed by Daniel Mohammed.
Pocket Lining. Still from Digital Video, 2015. Performed by Gregory Young.
Invisible, Infinite Message. Still from Digital Video, 2015. Performed by Alixzandar Morle.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Animated GIF, 2015.