Alicia Felberbaum

visual artist

Passage [2010]

Video 03’29 ‘ version 2010
Video 01″12 ‘ version 2009Time, space, the space in-between, rhythm… “Passage” is about my concern with the experience of time, and the analogy between time and space. Time and space come together, they are inseparable, and in film you always have to deal with both of them.Passage: French version 

 

Weekend. : English version

Screenings-Exhibitions

| June 4 – July 19, 2009 Arsenale Novissimo, Tese di San Cristoforo. Venice, Italy |

| February, 10th – 20th, 2011 | The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge | Windows curated by Kika Nicolela

There is a similarity between the formation of our ego, which according to Lacan happens during what he calls the “mirror phase”, and the identification process that takes place as the audience looks at the film screen. Although the spectator is always located in the place of the film camera, the cinema apparatus is omitted, since the classical cinema is always in service of verisimilitude.
The only element that can give everything away is the frame, the screen, the window that contains the image. It’s what limits the identification of the viewer with what it’s being seen; thus the recurrent attempts to place the spectator “inside” the movie, “wrapping” the image around him – 3D, Imax, virtual reality and, more recently, expanded reality.
But what makes the classical cinema so appealing is the fascination over the act of looking itself and the fetishist objectification of the image. Movies such as Rear Window, Peeping Tom and Blow Up have very successfully dealt this this subject.
Interestingly, over the years I have noticed a particular element that is recurrent in many artists’ videos, and also exerts a special attraction over me – the window. In this program, I have selected some videos that approach this theme in various ways, exploring its multiple facets: the window to gaze into or to gaze from it; the window framing a certain reality, or through which one looks into an imagined world; or the window itself used as a metaphor, or in analogy with the cinema screen or the camera viewfinder.
Kika Nicolela


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