SIGN | LANGUAGE ...a hands-on way of doing

SIGN | LANGUAGE …a hands-on way of doing, is a audio infinivid work, wherein drawn line gives way to flickering form – moving hands – signing and signifying, time, space and STUFF, shifting traces and shapes, strangely familiar, but not.

It is a bi-partite piece which reflects on anthropogenic factors, our culpability for environmental imbalance and our ever-readiness to believe that we are in control. It allows the viewer to reflect on what is being seen in the moment - moving image, without a not quite explicit narrative. The audio is authentic but edited to allow only significant wording of stuff to seep through. When screened as an independent loop the viewer can come and go, look and leave, encounter sameness and difference. In essence the piece is about looking and perhaps listening, giving the time to look and listen but more importantly, allowing time for reflection. Simultaneous slow and rapid motion underlines our sense of urgency ‘to move on to the next’ without really acknowledging what we have just witnessed whilst contributing to a contemplative space. SIGN | LANGUAGE exists in a time-frame but can play forever! It is a drawing in time, a drawing which exists in the present continuous, a drawing which may be viewed in entirety or not…

SIGN | LANGUAGE …a hands-on way of doing delineates on screen. In conjuring physical and material properties wherein surface texture evokes time, space and objects, atmosphere versus substance or drawn line versus spatial shape, the screen delivers moments of disquiet or of tranquillity. The imagery stems from captured footage of the artist in conversation about the practice of painting and whilst being illustrative and evocative can simultaneously be enigmatic and obscure. The work plays with a viewer’s emotional response. On the one hand there is something intriguing about this visual world of time and place but its underlying origin makes it unnerving. What exactly is happening here? Though reductive processing this fictional manifestation presents an alternative reality which resonates beyond a single viewing. In the interplay between recognition and denial, it both attracts and repels but keeps the viewer guessing. This work functions as an ongoing visual experience within which the viewer can create their own narrative using any moment of visual encounter. Through appropriation, and re-choreographing this work takes on a new meaning and significance.

  • Angela Eames
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Art, Infinivid
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director - Angela Eames