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The Waves

Immersive multi-channel video installation, 2019

The Waves is comprised of immersive video of ocean waves that were recorded over time in changing light. Alongside the waves, there is a four-sided life-sized video construction on which I tell four versions of a story about a personal interaction with the waves. In each rendition, I tell exactly the same story, with exactly the same words, but I tell it with a different emotional affect each time. These include joy, anger, sadness, and fear. In the installation, the four stories are being told simultaneously, so from afar the audio comes across as a cacophony of human drama. From up close and in front of a single screen, the audio is set up in such a way that each story can be heard distinctly from the others. When the story is finished, the four versions of myself all fall silent for a matter of minutes, and only the sound of the waves can be heard. For clarity’s sake in this online documentation, I’ve mostly isolated the different voices so they can be heard clearly.

For me, this piece is about being humbled into one’s rightful place in relation to the natural world. I believe such a humbling is a necessary first step towards the realization that humans are embedded within nature, as opposed to being outside of it.

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