The Luxury of Choosing Pain

Video installation. 3 min. 2019.

About the work, written by Katarina Le Müller for Organon Exhibtion Space:

The installation 'The Luxury of Choosing Pain' consists of a 3D-animated film and a series of sculptural objects that explore the relationship between being an image, being a being and being a body. In the film, we follow a camera's gaze as it hovers around an area populated by virtual characters: in one scene, we encounter a cyborg statue with a glass eye, the glass eye being modelled on a specific kind of glass eye manufactured for the French war veterans called Gueules Cassées, the broken faces, after the end of the first world war. In another scene we are presented with plants, who use flute sounds as their primary way of communication. The flute play, produced in collaboration with flutist Johanne Buus Andersen, forms the central element of the soundscape of the film, and acts as an auditory thread across the various scenarios presented by the film. Through references to historical phenomena and by engaging with what characterises the organic and the synthetic beings respectively, Gjerding asks a number of questions about the non-human gaze and the haunting, or animism, related to virtual existences.


Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
Installation view, Organon Exhibition Space. 2019. Photo: Adrian Delafontaine

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
Installation view, Organon Exhibition Space. 2019. Photo: Adrian Delafontaine

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
Installation view, Organon Exhibition Space. 2019. Photo: Adrian Delafontaine

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
Installation view, Organon Exhibition Space. 2019. Photo: Adrian Delafontaine

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
Flute 1 and Flute 2. Red clay. 2018. Organon Exhibition Space. Photo: Adrian Delafontaine

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
It Doesn't Matter What You Do, It Matters Who You Are. 3D printed resin and plater. 2019. Organon Exhibition Space. Photo: Adrian Delafontaine



Stills:


Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
Still, The Luxury of Choosing Pain. 2019.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
Still, The Luxury of Choosing Pain. 2019.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding The Luxury of Choosing Pain
Still, The Luxury of Choosing Pain. 2019.


Credits:
Concept, editing and composition: Sophia Ioannou Gjerding
3D Generelist: Lars Hemmingsen Nørgaard (Midtjysk 3D Service)
Supplementary 3D: Sophia Ioannou Gjerding
Flute: Johanne Buus Andersen
Final mix: Tobias Sejersdahl
Thanks to: Nina Møller, STPLN and Mark Tholander


The work has been supported by Aarhus Kommunes Kulturudviklingspulje.

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