Video

white on white (marrying the wind; runaway bride)

Lisa Birke

2013, 09:00 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1051.09

In “white on white” we encounter a seemingly blank screen. Implied in the video capture of a snow storm—a ‘white out’—is the blank canvas and reference to minimalist transcendental void. This is emotionally heightened by the unease of ‘white-noise’ and the mortality implicit in ‘white-light’. The scene is disrupted by another symbol of purity: the bride. Intermittently she is seen sprinting through the drifting snow in a flowing white wedding gown, veil, and dainty open-toed shoes. The euphoria of the bride’s flight is coupled with the obvious physical pain of the bride’s plight. This reveals an ambiguous space—a space between beauty and terror—that entraps the symbolically owned subject.

2 versions: 9min and 5min, digital video loop, 2013.

*Part of the 6 channel installation Pictures in an Exhibition (1051.13).

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