(Media)ted is a collaboration between Hull-based artist Lou Hazelwood and researcher Barbara Grabher. The project artistically expands and engages with the academic interests of Grabher’s research project ‘Gendering Cities of Culture’. Through a multimedia approach of utilising film, light and scripted reading performances, Hazelwood and Grabher introduced processes of mediating, contrasting and recycling to the experiential exploration of the production of cultures of equality through Hull2017.
The video installation collapses visual and sonic impulses – creating, playing and reimagining processes of reflections. Reflections are understood in physical senses through the coloured shading of facial features. Furthermore, the reflective practices are expressed through the recycling, reading, performing of posts released by Hull2017 social media channels. In combination, the installation invites for reflections about the production of cultures of equality and how such equality might be drawn upon ourselves.
Copyright Lou Hazelwood & Barbara Grabher 2018.
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Portrait project with a difference – enjoyed taking part. Perhaps this is the truest reflection of how people experienced 2017: a torrent of information that to an outsider appears as nonsense but to us who were there and experienced the spectacle it resonates with potency, power dynamics and poignancy.
This video is so beautiful and so perfectly encapsulates Barbara’s commitment to her fieldwork experience. Giving voice to her research parners, Barbara is really turning ethnography upside down, letting the field become the real protagonist of her work. So beautifully done!!! And the video has an easter egg: Barbara herself among her research partners, perfectly blending among them!!!
i liked the way in which you put together all the faces and colored them with different lights. i find this experimental effects enjoyable as enjoyable is the visual confusion that comes with them. on the the other hand, i found the sovrapposition of so many voices slightly discomforting but probably that was part of the desired effect to convey the messiness of the real ( i.e. in your case flow of information, people, commercials etc etc).
I really like the juxtapostion of the changing images of Hull faces and the background voices dominated by Hull accents. Nice idea, a friendly and evocative art work.