Visionary Forms is the multiple-screen video installation. Each of the screens features different versions of the story – a possibility of development of the story that has the same beginning.
The project is the exploration of the forms of narrative structure in multiple simultaneous video displays. The emergence of the narrative paths is triggered by interdependency between the screens based on the spatial and temporal and narrative links.
It is also a conceptual film in a series of abstract intercommunicating video sequences. The interconnection between the sequences is referential and the viewer navigates the subject matter by following the narration on multiple screens.
The film’s subject matter is absurdist: the character caught up in the flows of consequences appears in some sort of limbo, an endless circularity, living through one day on and on. The repeated screenings of the video installation ingrain the narrative circularity on several levels: basic unit (the limits of which are defined by the time of singular playback on one screen); secondary unit (the interrelationship between the screenings on several monitors within one playback), and the third level – the cinematic experience over the repeated sequences in time.
The installation features the application of different type of technology of display. The choice of the old TV screens was to achieve the aesthetic grainy quality of the image while the technological set-up required adaptation of digital material to a specific technology of display.
Experimenting with the formats of visual display. As all the footage and video processing was executed in digital the adaptation to the visual display format (analog) involved numerous transcription of the signal and establishing the connection.
For example the Raspberry Pi that I am using as the player and also element in the set-up of loop and synchronisation of screening was invented in the 1980s (primarily as a hardware for storing video games) and that is why theoretically is perfectly adaptable to the analog screens.
However still, the hacking of the Raspberry Pi and incorporation of the specific conditions into the system of Pi required initial set-up on the digital monitor. As well as numerous manipulation of the video format and resolution. As the result – the flickering effect of the image displayed on the monitor as well as the specific colour effect.
Once settled in the system of the Raspberry Pi the conditions of display and play back work automatically when turning on the device due to automatic execution of script.
The idea behind is to represent the diversification of happenings, give way to an alternative potentials and an embodiment to memories and dreams.
Versions of the same story are streamed from several screens. Each screening will contain the fragments of one story, which will be visible when multiple screens are viewed together. Presented from different perspectives the story acquires 4th dimension, which spatially displaces the viewer from a linear interpretive framework of the event.
The installation is the development of the short film Peach Yogurt, a glimpse into a day of life of a girl that travels through the city to deliver a folder of documents that she carries with her. The installation takes its story as the basis and conceptually furthers it. The travel back and forth in time and being at different places simultaneously countered by its impossibility now acquire literal separation.