Video

Eclipse

Cheryl Rondeau

2007, 01:50 minutes, colour, N/A

TAPECODE 184.10

Eclipse presents a series of brief portraits of women in the throes of ecstasy, all taken from erotic films. These short vignettes are rhythmic and fleeting, dissolving into each other. Eclipse is the final installment of a video trilogy, entitled Les Documents, that uses segments of footage appropriated from film and television to explore associations, implications and semiotics relating to a common cinematic gesture. The work activates our existing relationship with the moving picture in entertainment and amplifies the populist recognition of stereotypical situations and roles inhabited by females. Characterized by heavy manipulation and drastic reframing, the images and accompanying soundscape, articulate an atmosphere of anxiety and destabilization – serving to create a new encounter with our memory and expectations of the filmic genres.
The artist would like to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council, Le Laboratoire d’art and Pine Needle Blankets Productions for production support in the realization of this project.
Eclipse is also available as a two channel, video loop, installation.

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Eclipse est composée d’une centaine de portraits de femmes dans les affres de la jouissance, tous tirés des films érotiques. Caractérisés par des transitions en fondus enchaînés, les portraits sont furtifs et cadencés. Eclipse est la dernière partie d’une trilogie vidéographique, intitulée Les Documents, qui utilise des images empruntées au cinéma et la télévision pour explorer des associations, implications et sémiotiques relatant à un geste cinématographique commun. L’oeuvre déclenche nos relations existantes aux images de l’industrie du spectacle et amplifie les rôles stereotypés des femmes. Par la pratique du montage, la manipulation numérique, et la répétition le récit est interrompu pour souligner les contructions idéologiques constitutives du cinema populaire. Accompagnée d’une trame sonore sombre soigneusement manipulée et reconstruite, cette oeuvre produit un atmosphère d’inquiétude et de déstabilité afin d’offrir une nouvelle rencontre entre notre mémoire et nos attentes du genre filmique.
L’artiste remercie le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, le Laboratoire d’art et Pine Needle Blankets Productions pour leur appui dans la production de cette oeuvre.
Eclipse est aussi disponible comme une installation vidéo de deux projections en boucle.

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