Photograph © Camilla Schiøler
Another Domestic Wonder, Pixel, Copenhagen,2010
Videoinstallation 2010. Title: Another Domestic Wonder (Excerpt 00:05:22,full length 01:53:00) Credits Niels Plenge sound/editing This videoinstallation received an award by The Danish Arts Council (see details).
For the exhibition "Another Domestic Wonder" in Pixel, 5. – 20. february 2010,
Elin Kristine Kromann has created a video installation which is a continuation of
the video of the same title from 2009.
For this exhibition she has created a work of which the exhibition space and the
spectators themselves are part. Pixel's small space has been polished, so the tiles
in the ceiling and the shiny shiny grey floor reflect each other, the visitors and
the video projection. The projection is a "real time" version of the video "Another
Domestic Wonder" and runs for almost two hours. The film is a kind of mininarrative:
on a kitchen table, an abandoned ice cube is melting slowly into a
small pool of water. In the ice cube and the meltwater we see the reflection of the
unending space of the sky outside the kitchen window, which changes very slowly
during the process. In this version of the work, the spaces and volumes are
expanded through the distorted reflections in the floor and ceiling of the gallery.
Kromann is here, as in many of her other works, transferring investigations of a
sculptural character – of volume and its relation to the space around it – to the
video medium. In the video image it is possible to create a "fictitious" volume,
which is the space we choose to frame in the image. Kromann is manipulating,
"modelling," this volume, by using very simple techniques.
The expansion of the duration of the work to almost two hours gives a meditative
effect. With the naked eye, it can be difficult to perceive the change. But the
minimal alterations in light and the progress of the melting process make the
space that is reflected in the ice and the growing pool of water change constantly.
The tiny jolts, e.g. when the ice cube falls over, seem like enormous shifts in the
whole volume of the video image and the gallery, because of the many spaces
that are reflected in each other.
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