Electroshock

Goodwin, Mitch, and Motiekaitis, Lani (2012) Electroshock. [Video]

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Abstract

Like a dream, we move through life in states of conscious and unconscious experience. The accumulation of light and dark, the attraction and immolation of energy and matter. We, like our celestial ancestors are dust and brine. Electroshock explores the experience of succumbing to something more earthly and mysterious - medical treatment. It is the psychosis of surrendering our fate and physicality to the systems and the instruments of science.

Research Statement

Research Background The work is a continuation of Goodwin's exploration of non-linear video assemblage. By removing all colour the image relies instead on line and contrast, similar to pen or ink on paper. The texture of the image is also subtly manipulated to give the image a granular "feel". Goodwin works closely with musician Lani Motiekaitis to produce a audio/visual synergy that sets a tone to the piece that would otherwise not be achieved by image alone.
Research Contribution This work explores the relationship between layered imagery and the contrast of light and dark as both metaphor and aesthetic style. Goodwin's first exploration of black and white cinematography was employed to evoke the cool sense of isolation and other-worldliness of medical treatment. The sound and image were built in an accumulative manner which allows the non-linear nature of the collage to engender meaning and emotion.
Research Significance This 2004 work was selected for the Electroprojections screening at G3 Artspace in Parkdale Victoria along with 10 other local and international video artists. The work represents a personal response to the experience of being enclosed in a medical institution and the helplessness and fear associated with the unknown. Science is vast and complex - a mystery to most of us - however it is science which we give ourselves completely over to in times of sickness and suffering. This shows our remarkable trust in the ingenuity and invention of human endeavour when we are at our most vulnerable.
Item ID: 26399
Item Type: Video
Keywords: electroshock, video art, video collage
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This work appeard in 'Electroprojections: Static Centre. Electrofringe' at the G3 ArtSpace, Parkdale VIC, 13 September - 13 October 2012.

Media of Output: PAL Video
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Date Deposited: 02 May 2013 06:20
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television @ 100%
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