_ term.1. mfa eca. research video,
Actress: Jessica Kirkpatrick
Concepts: Urban & material expansion, metamorphosis, dreams, narrative
“ I was lying still for a moment, a standing breathing shadow, floating
inside the room. Space, encapsulated the visceral and mental landscapes of the
southern periphery, the place of my origin.
The view from the window initiated a series of primary thoughts that
prolonged the distance from the remembered roadside wastelands of the nightly
The room resembled the cabin of my car. Sterile and cold, it protruded
these thoughts as the expanding growths of a premature city.
I could almost project the room as a traveling capsule. A place offering
me the possibility to explore and slip away in the reminiscence of a wasteland
fantasy, I felt I was becoming the pilot of the enclosed cabin, a pilot without
the need of physical navigational controls.
The lights flickered again. This time, echoed slightly shorter but louder.
The plastic flooring, clattered slightly as I stepped in. The pebble like
corners of the cubical room revealed it’s cathartic purpose.
As I stepped inside, I though that my consequent bodily transition from an
entirely open space to a more confined and finally to a smaller, propelled a
mending operation, concluded by the total enclosure into the single person
cabin. For a moment the opaque colors of the capsule-room reminded me of the
unflustered textures of warm sandy beaches or that of the hue of anemic volcanic
Very often, while I’d be on my way up, I would encounter a pile of
colorful rubbish. it was difficult to tell where it was coming from..
Some times, bigger bits of that mysterious debris reminded me of the
familiar structures of warned out roadside pseudo-structures, or of the
countless incomplete concrete buildings I’d see outside my car window.
This inexplicable mess, made me think the animated expanding urban
developments of the suburbia of the southern periphery, an exuberant mess, a
city-creature that would eventually reach the sea and storm its undiluted shores
with it’s frantic convoluted material chaos.
There was an unconfined sensation of claustrophobia, embedded in the
dimmed out space. The dark carpeted corridors seemed to have the ability of
sucking the light from the fragile artificial sources.
The narrowness of the space gave me the impression that my ascend could
have also been as well as a descend, a one-way characterless artery, a
suspended, encased tube system leading to my secret vessel.
I hastily, passed the cresting corridor intersection and entered the
northernmost artery, in the far right of the narrow, the room-capsule was there,
it’s characterless door lighted slightly bluish under the emerging vertical rays
of a ceiling spotlight.
The pressure was erratic. By closing my eyes I could feel my heart
pounding, It’s pulses, reaching, my forehead then my temples. I placed my
fingers softly on them and massaged my veins..The rest of my palm covered my
ears and for as long as I stood there I heard the relieving sound of the falling
water being filtered through the scrambling of my palm on my outer ear. My hand
resembled a somewhat living, and intelligent shutter that opened to well
calculated times, in order to receive the mending vertical gusts and then close
again so as it’s use for that still interval was uncompromisingly necessary.
I stepped out with the blue towel around my waist, still water dripping
down on me, the dimmed colors of the room appeared hazy blue, the view from the
vertical chromium blinds appeared sepia colored and fantastically lightened up.
The wrinkled up duvet was peculiarly white under the bed lamp light, admitting
on a welcoming contact. After I wiped my self with the towel and wore some clean
underwear, I sat down on the bed seats relieved and calmed down. The sepia dark
low clouds, formed a protecting shield over the enclosed neighborhood I could
now view clearly from the centre of the room. As a matter of fact I could now
see more than any other night, that was the property of that night sky (city
Reluctantly I entered under the bed sheets, although I felt tired, the
unclear picture of the melancholic day extinguished under the mending properties
of the beige shower room or that of the closing daily time spam, both
conclusions struck me as an unescapable mystery.
The day reached it’s outermost edge as the sky on the northern part, gave the
possibility for some lucky guessing”…
And then I slept,”
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