The Heart Is An Organ That Pumps Blood

Laura Paolini

2020, 05:24 minutes, English

TAPECODE 2122.02

The split-screen is a well-worn trope in video and cinema, as is subtitling and text. The video presents three independent moments and places them together, connected through physical sensations and lived experiences. The video on the left is an extreme close-up that crops out part of my face. The video on the right is a wider shot and depicts more of my body and actions. Both videos show me in different emotional states, presumably at different times. The left video, the source footage, acts as a study for the right. Their mimetic connection reinforces that the two videos are in dialogue. It takes some time for the three moments to become connected. The grounding technique and demonstrative study merge with the precautionary measures taken at a dental hygiene school. Christian iconography often presents saints between states of agony, ecstasy and tranquillity. Their suffering intends to promote one path to God. While the video is not religious, the images can be recognized from this art historical context, in addition to the practices of artists like Jas Ban Alder, Bruce Nauman and Genevieve Cadieux. Part of this happens through my own admittance as an unreliable narrator; many details are quite clear, but I can't remember the song precisely. Selecting Madonna plays into the video imagery's iconic qualities, in addition to my conviction that this was the song on the radio.

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