Guided Imagery, 2011
Video, cotton curtain, 200cm x 120cm x 160cm, 5m 57s
A Guided Imagery is traditionally a way of directing thoughts by own imagination or a script. It is used as therapy to heal physical or mental illnesses or to create a calm and focused state by yoga practitioners.
As with a guided imagery script I use metaphors and symbolism, e.g. snowstorm and green screen with nothing keyed in, as a backdrop for a feeling of uncertainty over identity and expectations.
This work is part of a series of work under the umbrella name ‘the problem of attention’*.
In this project I look at how mental states influences visual perception referring to Psychological states and as a media induced situation.
They all have in common a text based narrative with a confessional voice and nature as a backdrop. Nature is used as a reference to the romantic ideal of the original and real.
*From a book by Jonathan Crary called “Suspensions of Perception”.