Based on Marina Abramovic’s Rhythm 10 performance at a festival in Edinburgh in 1973.
She lays twenty different knives and two cassette recorders on a white paper on the floor.
For my Video Selfie, I wanted to recreate the same setup. For obvious reasons, I replaced the knives with a pencil, a marker, and a penknife. I chose this 3 replacements as it symbolizes traditional art which I detest. These instruments serve as a painful reminder to me that I can’t excel in traditional art.
To further reenact the performance, I sat on the floor, facing down, and dressed in dark colours. Portraying myself as a vulnerable being which I believe Marina intended for.
I proceeded to record the sound on my phone which is placed on my side. Similarly, with the Rhythm 10 performance, I stabbed the areas between my outstretched fingers of my left hand using the instruments.
After completing the cycle, I repeated the process but this time, trying to be in sync with the sound recorded from the first cycle.
As much as I wished to completely recreate this performance, due to certain limitations, I had to change certain ideas. To recreate the idea of blood, I splattered some dark paint on the paper and my left hand.
“the mistakes of the past and those of the present are synchronous”
In some way, I am facing the consequences of the past where I used to reject traditional art. Thus resulting in me suffering now as I learn to adapt and figure out traditional art.
(In collaboration with JJ, Youlmae and Tanya)
We were tasked to take a self-portrait of ourselves, either an image of our face or any part of our body. Thus, I chose to take a photo of my eyes.
And so begins, the glitching process.
As we can see, the first form of glitch was a little subdued with just an addition of what appears to be a filter of small mosaic tiles. I believe that for most of the first iteration was not as exaggerated could be because we were directly editing the original image, thus feeling a little apprehensive about glitching the image. It could also be that we did not want to glitch it too much because we were aware that the image would inevitably go through more layers of glitch.
In the second iteration, we can see the exaggeration escalate.
This edit, the image was skewed to create a deformed look.
Things get interesting here. Youlmae decided to try and glitch the image through the audio editing software Audacity.
And this was the result. She decided to export the file as small as possible, thus the image came out really tiny.
I was deciding whether to enlarge the image for the final iteration. However, I embraced glitch and kept it that size. Nonetheless, I added some other filters which created more contrast within the image.
As we can clearly see, the transformation from the first image to the final image was drastic. In the final image, we do not see the slightest resemblance to the first image, it became completely unrecognizable.