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Presented by La Moustache and Bildwechsel Berlin:

 A screening with Nikki Forrest

31. Jul. 2014
20:00
Raumerweiterungshalle
(Markgrafendamm 24c, Berlin)

Nikki Forrest is a Montreal based whose practice includes video, sound, drawing and installation projects. Her short experimental videos have been shown at many festivals and galleries including: The Mix Festival (New York), The Glasgow Film and Video Workshop, The Oberhausen Short film and Video Festival (Germany), Ausland (Berlin), Le Center d’Art Santa Monica (Barcelona), Signal and Noise (Vancouver), The Images Festival (Toronto) and the Festival Internationale du Films sur l’Art (Montreal). Nikki has also participated in several international artists residencies including The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec studio exchange – Buenos Aires, The Canada Council studio at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and The Plug-In Summer Institute in Winnipeg. Her current work explores the improvisatory flow of process, materials and ideas that emerge from an interdisciplinary studio practice and the relationship between perception and how the world appears to us.

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Flip/bend (parts 1 and 2)

Flip Bend Part 1 / 2013 / 8 min 30 sec
Colour (very low saturation – almost black and white)
Experimental
Stereo Sound / no dialogue

Flip Bend Part 2 / 2013 / 25 min 26 sec
Colour (very low saturation – almost black and white)
Experimental
Stereo Sound / no dialogue

Part of an ongoing series of videos that work with perception, gravity and the body as points of departure. In this work I wanted to find ways to explore the nature of our perceptual contact with the world and to create a sense of instability and uncertainty.

The videos create situations where it’s difficult to maintain a clear sense of what is happening. Viewers find themselves in a perceptual short-circuit, oscillating between understanding misunderstanding, knowing/doubting, etc.

Drawing on the history of early experimental film and early performance video, visual and perceptual effects are produced through live, physical strategies rather than through editing and other post-production effects.

The images create a kind of artificial perceptual field where usual assumptions and operations don’t work. Proprioceptive, exteroceptive and kinesthetic senses are momentarily challenged. We know that perception is circumstantial and based in part on what we assume to be possible. In these videos I wanted to explore moments of rupture where these basic assumptions no longer make sense. I am interested in how we apply judgment and interpretation to the signs presented to us by our sensory aperatus. Our judgment is neither purely sensory nor logical and it may transcend both reason and experience. Consciousness is a process that includes both sensing and reasoning; it is a projective activity. I want to draw attention to this by exploring some of the overlapping psychological and physiological aspects of perception.

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Lateral Transfer (black) 3 min, 20 secs
Black and white
Stereo Sound
2012

BLACK
A series of extreme close-up images of moving ink particles suspended in water on a light-table explore perceptions of scale and material.
Although there are specific associations invoked by the images (biological, geological processes, microscopic and macroscopic vision, etc) it’s not clear what we are looking at or how big it is.
Physical forces of gravity, surface tension and drift animate the ink so that both chance and intention influence the production of the images.

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Raumerweiterungshalle
Markgrafendamm 24c, Berlin
Nahe S Bahn Ostkreuz

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