ACT 1: STEPPING OUT, 2009

‘The DILATE Archive. Act 1: Stepping Out’ (2009), is an installation work exploring the idea of ‘giving body’ to unformed, or uncertain, thoughts, to consider the abject in not knowing one’s own mind, or rather in externally exposing a formlessness of mind.

The installation consisted of a video work, titled ‘Stepping Out’ [5:02 minutes] shown on a video monitor, and a sculptural object representing the artist’s brain (where artist is a persona within the work) displayed in a specimen case on a plinth, which was painted the colour of the garment worn by the artist on-screen. The video element of the installation establishes a conversation between the artist on-screen and two voices off-screen, (also the artist’s voice), where the viewer is unsure whether the primary character is talking to herself or conducting an experimental conversation. During this 3-way interview only one ‘talking-head’ is seen on camera, which is fixed on the ‘interviewer’, the individual seeking answers, in opposition to the usual format capturing the interviewee’s authoritative thoughts and claims.

 

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The Dilate Archive: Stepping-Out Installation view: monitor screening Stepping-Out with headphones, seating and plinth with Brain no.1 in display case and artist on screen.

 

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The Dilate Archive: Stepping-Out Installation view: monitor screening Stepping-Out with headphones, seating and plinth with Brain no.1 in display case and on screen.

 

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Stepping-Out, 2009 (video still: artist and brain)

 

Brain no.1, 2009. steel, felt, thread, perspex display case, green plynth

 

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Brain no.1, 2009. steel, felt, thread