Zeinab Shahidi | Artificial Respiration

Zeinab Shahidi (b. 1983, lives in Tehran and New York), Artificial Respiration, 2011, 1:34

This video shows a close-up of a man’s face; he is looking at the camera and blinking. The consistency of this persistent gaze makes you wonder if the continuity of this action is a simulation. The artist’s intention is to create a moving, breathing image out of a recorded moment. She projected the video loop on the wall, and reshot the projected digital video with a 16 mm film camera in black and white, with a 45-degree angle. The sound comes from a 35 mm photo camera’s shutter.

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