APEXING & OASIS

Apexing, 2020

Video 1.15mins

 

The first of a video diptych, Apexing is a construction of news media, sourced through a process of searching the daily headlines from 1st Jan 2020 through to the end of March.  An image and a word were selected as signifiers of events that defined each day, particularly as a marker within major sagas of the time.  What became apparent through this process was the language and imagery that has become part of our collective identity through the universal drama that has been 2020 so far.  As the video bombards its audience with pictures and words of trauma, it makes for a challenging watch, even within its fleeting one-minute timespan.

By Bianca Tainsh

Music by Eco Futurism Corporation

Created with the support of Boxcopy, Brisbane.

Oasis, 2020

Video 1.12mins

The second of a video diptych beginning with Apexing, Oasis is a montage of images of Instagram posts sourced through searches like #covidreflections.  They capture Selected for their overoptimistic air they capture the short-lived phenomena of mass self-realisation brought on by a sudden profusion of free time in early Covid-19 lockdowns.  Their depiction of playful freedom make for a stark contrast to Apexing.  As Apexing depicts the unfolding dilemmas of 2020, Oasis depicts the escapism that only the internet could offer during self-isolation and the grim reality of global events.

By Bianca Tainsh

Music by Eco Futurism Corporation

Created with the support of Boxcopy, Brisbane.