Video

Bower

Sandra Vida

2005, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 314.07

The BOWER installation is shown in a darkened space. It consists of one projected image on the back wall, representing a window or trellis through which is seen forest and other images that emerge through the forest. Another projection is from above on a low platform about 2 metres in front of the back wall, representing a young girl, a young woman and then an older woman sleeping/dreaming.

BOWER brings together video, still images, sound and sculpture -- to create a dreamlike environment invoking the ancient Celtic past. The piece explores, in a poetic flow of images, how the role of women was drastically changed during the Middle Ages by the impact of Christianity and the codes of Courtly Love. The installation invites the viewer to reconsider old stories and their continuing legacy in our contemporary lives.

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