a collaborative covid lockdown collaged audio/visual project.

just before the United States began to shut down (this was still 2 weeks before Covid 19 was officially announced a nationwide pandemic) I remember feeling completely helpless, uncertain about what was going on/going to happen. The exact timeline looking back is all a blur at this point. Things spun to historically unfamiliar place's faster than we were able process...
Audiovisual art was a way to have a conversation.
China was facing extreme backlash at the time. I wanted to highlight parts of their culture that resonated with me. In traditional Chinese medicine theory there are 5 elements; water, fire, metal, earth and wood. I reached out to 5 artists and asked them to compose a 1 minute song with a specific element in mind. Simultaneously I filmed and edited 5 one minute videos. They are all fairly abstract, although touching on some key points. (The emotion associated with metal for example is grief) This project was a way I could still connect with my peers from a distance.

  • Sarah Darby
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sarah Darby

Sarah Darby is an experimental artist based in Troy, NY. They dabble in electronic music, video and visual art. As an active member of the Super Dark Collective, they have curated events highlighting experimental electronic performance. As a video artist Sarah has directed and edited multiple music videos and the short collaborative film, Wuxing. Sarah recently developed a fascination collecting old cookbooks from thrift stores, finding beauty in their grotesque color pallet and textures. Sarah is currently open for commissions.

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