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White Gold

Two video images of people in aerial view swarming about in all directions are projected onto an oversized cube made of sugar. Thousands of tiny people “walking” on top of a giant cube imply ants brimming about the sugar surface of the object. Occasionally the swarming becomes so intense and aggressive, that it turns into semi abstract moving waves of dots.

WHITE GOLD reflects on the state of contemporary economics and consumerism. Sugar is historically tied to imperialism, luxury, privileges and abundance. Due to its high price, it was once called WHITE GOLD. Today, its price is low, but it has become a cause of numerous diseases and addictions. From here comes the inspiration for this project, which builds upon many aspects of sugar and its use in the past and in the present.

  • Nataša Stearns
    Backfill, Night Spring, Souvenir, Trial of Socrates, Evening
  • Nataša Stearns
    Backfill, Night Spring, Souvenir, Trial of Socrates, Evening
  • Nataša Stearns
    Backfill, Night Spring, Souvenir, Trial of Socrates, Evening
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
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    United States
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    Black & White and Color
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  • Gallery Kresija
    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    January 11, 2015
Director Biography - Nataša Stearns

Nataša Prosenc Stearns is a Slovenian born video artist and filmmaker based in Venice, CA. She moved to Los Angeles in 1997 on a Fulbright Grant for her MFA at CalArts.

Nataša's work spans across several fields: single channel videos and films, multichannel video installations, video objects and prints. Stylistically her work walks the line between concrete and abstract, often adding the components of surreal and ephemeral. Her work focuses on relationship between human body and nature in times dominated by cyber experiences, which tend to desensitize humans.

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Director Statement

My work reflects on the uncertain place in today’s world of consumerism and constant crisis, attempting to touch upon our center of empathy. It expresses angst, absurdity, the anxiety and the feeling of distance; that we have all withdraw into places of alienation.