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Movement in Place
Two-channel video installation
HD video, 16:9, loop (8-sec. clip)
Sound, in collaboration with musician Mark Baker
InLight Richmond 2016, Richmond, VA
November 12, 2016

Total projection is minimum 35’ x 100’ in size. Both videos are projected together onto the exterior wall of the Alket Electric Building located in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. Movement in Place is a site specific work created for InLight Richmond, a juried light-based art and performance exhibition that invites artists to respond to a particular neighborhood, attracting audiences to unique areas of the city. The juror for InLight Richmond 2016 is Ellina Kevorkian, Artistic Director of Residency Programs at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

Historical, cultural and architectural images relating to Scott’s Addition’s changing narrative, spanning from the 1800’s to present, are layered and played on a continuous loop while a figure in shadow uses sand to fill and transform the projection space. The images begin with slow, dreamlike vignettes that get partially swept out of the scene, and are then refilled with increasingly frenetic movements within the same space. Eventually, the figure in the foreground is subsumed into the background as the images move toward the present.

The movement of sand is a poetic device suggesting that time takes shape through gestures of labor. This repetitive performance embodies the theory that a sense of place is created and recreated through cultural movements.