Fragile 2014 Videos

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The Brain Connection 2014
HD Video 09:12:20 min loop
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

The Brain Connection is part of the first level of consciousness – the Collective Level of Human Life, formed out of the darkness, comprising all colors, shapes and sounds created from the source of light. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. And God said: ‘Let there be light’…and God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:1-4). The eye of God – the eye of the Creator –is the viewing eye and the inner eye which interprets all life imprints and impressions. All begins from the darkness when the light comes into the dark and exposes what is in shadow. Natural evolution and deep memories are stored in nature and crystals, and eventually in us humans. The silent moment – the emptiness before all — moves again, while a few layers are shown simultaneously, reflecting the golden ratio, developing and evolving together. The trees, like the entire universe, are networking, making connections of communication of information and registering everything. The color image that develops from a drowning tree and its reflected roots grows into two polar directions, reaching into space, creating an image of the left and right brain, each one complementing the other to reflect a whole. The shadow of a figure dancing in water, exploring the movement reaching out from its center into space, into the big water container that embraces her like a big womb. The movement develops and flows like the nature of water searching for homeostasis. The flow allows change, exploration, and evolution. The next image is controlled by an external hand. It looks like surgery, with the look of the micro reflected on the macro illustration of a brain. The repetitive circles and spirals are burned into the wood, making imprints of memories and patterns with a feeling of re-mapping and reorganization of the brain cells. Eventually it turns into a mandala using a kaleidoscope effect, which gives the possibility of healing. Out of the raw material it creates a new world of colors, forms, wonders, childhood, and dreams, full of infinite opportunities of change and renewed creation. Flashes of images are implanted as new information is input with a new tuning of forms and figures in a kind of meditation and internal processing which brings the viewer to a state of reflection on its own ongoing processing of endless opportunities. The mandala helps to focus and center back again in one self. This is the time to connect back to the breath and embrace the ongoing natural movement, letting the mind relax so it can open the space for the gap between each breath to feel the peace within.

 

Body in Space 2014
HD Video 18:22:02 min loop
sound credit: (the last part) preforming Adina Haroz / Pearls of the Harp
composer Albert Zabel (1834-1910) Am Springbrunnen (duration 6:09)
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

Body in Space is part of the second level of consciousness, which I call the Instinctive Level, the level of the inter-dimensional and the personal. This is where all memories are stored, from different lifetimes of evolution. All ancient tribal symbols, initiation ceremonies, crystals of wisdom and ancient deep water creatures which teach us humans about body movements and body memories are stored at this level, each individual and his own cells, memories and development. Like imprinted tattoos, printed inside the body, layer by layer of traditions, patterns and knowledge are being formed and re-formed, all over again. They are illustrated by the painted figure which transforms itself from colors, shapes, sound vibrations and healing sounds that accompany the processes of change by replicating half of the body which makes the new forms and different bodies into my own body. The paint becomes a living network of extensions connecting new channels and pathways through the body like the network of our nervous system growing and developing throughout one’s life.
The last part of this videoart has an holistic element which heals the challenge that arises in the story (in the video) of the journey taken from the present time, dream time, memory time, time in which the body develops materially in the rhythm of natural processes. In the last part of the video Body in Space, the story evolves into a mandala, using a kaleidoscope effect, which provides the possibility of healing. It creates out of the materials a new world of colors, forms, wonders, childhood, and dreams, full of infinite opportunities of change and renewed creation, in a kind of meditation and internal processing. This brings the viewer to reflect on his or her own ongoing processing of endless opportunities. This mandala video helps to focus and center back again in oneself. This is the time to connect back to the breath and embrace the ongoing natural movement, to let the mind relax so it can open the space for the gap between each breath to feel the peace with in.

 

Spacing in the Womb 2014
HD Video 02:01:17 min loop
projection on gauze in antique wooden writing box
46.99 x 30.48 x 27.94 cm / 18.5 x 12 x 11 inch
projector hight 33.07 inch, 8.66 inch Distance from the wall
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

The video Spacing in the Womb is an extension of Body in Space, showing the rising figure (my own body being painted with neon paint under UV florescent light). The body that was evolving slowly from the previous video is now formed as a whole, the body wanting to find its own space, reaching out and dealing with space and time. A gentle, delicate song from a childhood memory plays from a music box in the background. The black and white trees, opposite like day and night, complement each other and emphasize the contrast of the painted body, representing the knowledge of all the elderly trees with their visible and hidden wisdom. It symbolizes the neural connections in the brain, showing how new connections can be built and renewed…This time, the video projects onto the gauze which is inside an antique writing box. It looks like a hologram, as if the body wants to challenge the boundaries of space and explore the dimension until it settles back down into a fetal position, resting, breathing, back in its center, folded into itself, waiting to evolve again…

 

Liquid Time 2014
HD Video 08:36:25 min loop
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

Liquid Time is part of the third level of consciousness which I called the Karma Memories – The Individual. This is the level of the unconscious mind where faith and future are hidden side by side, ready to be discovered. This videoart was inspired by “The Da Vinci Code” and the secret of the Holy Grail. And yet, the object of this quest already lies within us, waiting for each individual to wake up and discover the inner essence of the self. In my videoart, the glass of wine turned into an hourglass, dripping inside yet filling up both sides simultaneously, transforming into a butterfly image traveling in an infinite motion. It transforms again into a round shape like an eye that spins and become a children’s game from a childhood memory, tracing each circle by the same infinity move merging and splitting using the kaleidoscope filter in order to transform the form. A music box in the background plays the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The image changes into a close-up view in black and white which seems like a microscopic image of brain cells or another type of cell, yet which leaves room for personal interpretation. The zooms in and out, the flashing, flickering, moving around and falling apart give hints to the real object behind, that slowly reveals itself, cutting out from the dark into drops of sand forming a palace near the ocean. This fantasy dream palace that seems so perfectly beautiful, meets the waves which wash it away and destroy the wondrous dream palace, destroying the fantasy step by step, as time runs forward and backwards. The image fades away into the sand, the water, and the flow, creating different point of views looking from above, slowly peeling away layers of the face fading and dripping away on the sand and in the water, dissolving into the sand leaving imprints of evidence, reappearing and disappearing again, washed with the wave.

 

Liquid Frame 2014
HD Video 17:30:11 min loop
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

Liquid Frame is a videoart dealing with frequencies and vibration. Sound, color and light play around with a geometric form – the pentagon. Everything around us is vibration, even what we are unable to see or hear: it is the sound of the universe maintaining all life experiences from all times. Unseen energies are all around us like dancers’ shadows, on its supreme level. The inner eye interprets and translates all impressions. This work refers to the deep connection to the core, the focus on the center and deep desires. It may help to be more connected and in tune with our inner intuition, inner voice and vibration. Through reflection of the self, slowing down the pace, listening to the heart, the breath, the expanding of the built in powers of healing in order to feel inner peace. This work was inspired by childhood memories of a dancer seeking movement and flow in a circular motion. At the center there is a reflection of the pentagon in different colors, which breaks through the sound vibration and builds itself up all over again. It is a meditative process that can connect to past, present and future life, and eventually to a moment of letting go of the mind to the peace within, the essence of oneself. The dancer is replaced by a hand that has a relation with the form and the sound, simultaneously exploring the fluidity and the frame. It moves with the rhythm of the water and the surrounding vibration. It changes into my own body, surrounded by harmonic sound vibrations becoming one, turning around and spinning to become a harmonically flowing wave. The water acts as a conductor, resonating all the vibrations through my body and back to the water from my own body. This form of meditative motion brings the body back into a fetal position.

 

Medusa Blue Face 2014
HD Video 08:32:02 min loop
Glass aquarium 60.96 x 30.48 x 40.64 cm / 24’12’16’ inside – video 19” TV
(with pedestal 61.9 x 65.78 x 41.91 cm / 24.4 x 25.9 x 16.5 inch)
sound credit: LEO MA / Amanecer (duration 2:57)
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

Medusa Blue Face is part of the first level of consciousness, which I call the Collective Level of human life. The subconscious, or the unconscious, has the essence of all processes of nature’s rhythm. The face in the video is made of ice from a mold of my own face. The ice represents the alchemical process of water as it undergoes transformations under different temperature conditions. The ability to transform from solid into liquid and eventually into gas is very much like the transformation of the body-soul. The face has some broken pieces and yet maintains the full facial form. It melts slowly through time and sound vibrations into water, allowing the process to be absorbed and to give the time for watching the change. The video does not show the complete process of melting into water, but gives hints of the path. Placed inside a glass aquarium, the video metaphorically holds the remaining water that melted from the first frame of the solid face. This video reflects the beauty of the wisdom of transformation of one material into another form of being. One is solid, strong in a way and stiff, while the next is fluid, unlimited in frames and forms unless it is being held. It eventually transforms into an invisible state by evaporating into the space and becoming only the vibrations of consciousness.

 

Reflections 2014
HD Video 11:54:00 min loop
Glass aquarium 60.96 x 30.48 x 40.64 cm / 24’12’16’ inside – video 19” TV
(with pedestal 61.9 x 65.78 x 41.91 cm / 24.4 x 25.9 x 16.5 inch)
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

Reflections is placed in the center of the installation. This makes it the key for the viewer to enter and leave at any time the viewer wishes to do so during the soul journey. It is an opportunity to reflect all the input and look inside. The work is placed inside a glass aquarium, thus the view is through glass, a material whose transparent boundaries address the inter-dimensional spaces, the in-between spaces and the border which must be crossed. The reflection of the figure’s face under water makes it seem trapped between worlds. The reflection is at first divided, sucked into the center, into infinite space, slowly becoming one with its own reflection. It moves along the force field that takes her into the center, but it is not clear if she is moving into another space or remaining trapped. She is watching her reflection, sometimes surrendering to the water, letting go into a moment of bliss. She slips into the emptiness, the gap, the real thing, that space between all physical objects where we really exist. She has the understanding that the real things are under the surface, metaphorically held in the underwater space. The water seems like an endless womb that floats her body while at the same time she begins to move as if she is flying in the water against the strong current that sucks her inside. Eventually through a spiral movement connecting her from the outer world into her inner world, she brings the body back into a fetal position. This body is played by me, reflecting the feeling of being in the in-between zone, in between consciousness, in the gap of new creation, like a pendulum going in between worlds.

 

Mermaid 2014
HD Vide 08:36:04 min loop
sound credit:(the last part) preforming Adina Haroz / Pearls from the Harp
composer Carlos Salzedo (1883-1961) Rumba (duration 1:45)
Symphony of Senses / Meditation on a Dream (duration7:01)
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

Mermaid is part of the fourth level of consciousness, which I call the Workshop of the Soul – the Inter- Dimensional Level. This is where my own story is reflected into a combination of phantasy, memories and imaginary worlds. The story takes place on a desert island, with the main character a mermaid / a girl / a “ghost” woman who explores her connection with the universe through trust, the spiral of life death and beyond. It combines several images of the self in different dimensions and times of the journey, each figure with her own surrealist role. The water element represents the different surfaces of the different worlds, above and below as well as the center, what is real and what is imaginary, what is a dream and what is beyond. The sound, reflecting many layers of time and space, becomes disturbing through the journey, leaving evidence of the different forms of being and the transformation of the body, all leading into one moment of falling: “…It was as if it was shattering every live part of my body as it spread out, spreading and disseminating all of the cells into infinite, invisible particles, rapidly transforming themselves into weightlessness, every single familiar part belonging to, found in and existing in the physical, emotional, or spiritual body. There was a void – a nothingness, while part of me was, nevertheless, viewing from the side, observing, feeling another type of unfamiliar, disconnected, non-belonging space/time.” The experience takes place in the space between worlds, in between forms of being, feeling the gap, the pause, the shift, the change, moving into another place of being, feeling the sensation of energy and frequencies. At the end of the transformation there is a view of the reverse process of the mold of the melted face as it comes together in reverse, under a stream of water. The action of re-arranging the face reconstituting itself through an old filter reminds us of old 8mm home movies, which shape a continuous flow from the sequence of life.

The last part of this videoart has an holistic element which addresses the challenge that arises in the video’s narrative, the story of the journey taken from the present time, dream time, memory time, time in which the body develops materially and the pace of natural processes. In the last part of the video, the story evolves into a mandala, using a kaleidoscope effect which gives the possibility of healing as it uses the materials to create a new world of colors, forms, wonders, childhood, and dreams, full of infinite opportunities of change and renewed creation. a kind of meditation and internal processing. This allows viewers to reflect on their own ongoing processing of endless opportunities. The mandala video helps to focus and center back again to oneself. This is the time to connect back to the breath and embrace the ongoing natural movement, letting the mind relax so it can open the space for the gap between each breath to feel the peace within.

 

Flying Ballerina 2014
HD Video 14:35:01 min loop
sound credit: preforming Adina Haroz / Pearls of the Harp
composer Adina Haroz Improvisation on “A Melody in Folk Style” (duration 4:56)
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, NYC 2015

Flying Ballerina is a phantasy narrative of a ballerina, imaginary as well as depicting a few transparent bodies in multiple layers walking in a meditative way through and around water in a round-shaped space framed inside a triangle, trying to imitate the motion of flying into its body and mind awareness. The circular path creates a direct dialogue with the concept of life as a spiral development on the consciousness level. These many circulating layers of time-life bring their own lessons to growth and evolution. It is a still movement that brings concentration and ease. The main triangle that frames the view is pointing up, hinting at the direction of the process while the small inside triangles have both ways up and down, communicating with the spiral three-dimensional movement which sharpens the view back to the ballerina’s multilayered figure. The videoart begins with harmonic harp sounds and explores the sensation of fading into the meditative zones of freedom and the sensation of relaxation. The body develops through time and space in a circular path until it ends in an image of a ballerina pirouetting inside a girl’s music box shown in the beginning of this video as well. The underwater ballerina explores the movement of freedom and flies into a complete state of letting-go, submerging in the water. She shifts into a real baby bird trying to fly and back again to the ballerina. The sound of the music box from childhood is emphasized by its mechanical vibration. The sense of flying takes place here as the sense of being able to go through any obstacles and challenges in life. This encourages the ability to flow and see everything from a bird’s eye view – a micro/macro zoom-in and zoom-out to life experiences. Both worlds come together into a watery space of floating and melting into the space of fluidity and daydreaming, resting in that gap of breath under water, surrendering to gravity and flow.

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