Golnaz Esmaili | Distortion

Golnaz Esmaili, Distortion, 2011. 2:24

Time and process are transparent elements and become tangible only when they inflict changes onto other phenomena. In Distortion, I found water to be an effective metaphor in materializing time. The eye and the hand, which I have defined as “receiving” elements, register time as they are recorded while submerged in water and projected on walls. As the video progresses, the eye begins to redden and the fingers start to wrinkle. Since the videos are shot in real time, it takes a while to notice the slowly occurring changes. However, in the two videos, simultaneously and apart, the observer misses parts of one piece while watching the other, and therefore the changes become more noticeable in each part.

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