The Video installation Umbilicus I created during a fellowship at the Casa di Goethe in Rome. The video shows a drain pipe of a public fountain in Rome. The video Umbilicus is an analog image generator. The draining water shows remarkable features, as much visual as sound qualities. Sometimes it appears as a convex mirror, the entire atrium turned topsy-turvy, then electric fields seem to discharge in flashes and water seems frozen still in crystallin structures. The whole system gasps for breath, it gurgles, rattles, then falls silent and starts clacking noise. The video refers to physical experiences of the body, sometimes it reminds of an eye, then suddenly to turn into a tunnel, a passage through a hidden space. Simultaneously it functions as a mirror of the surrounding, but twisting the space and turning upside down. The spatial experience engages elemental phenomena and at the same time suggests a virtual or secondary reality beyond it. In both my installation work and the videos, I research elemental and natural forces and reflect upon the duality of nature and culture, the way we see and are seen, shape and are shaped.
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