Alterszorn (the rage of age)

2016, 5 channels HD video + sound, Horizontal 5760 pixels by Vertical 3840 pixels, 15:16

 

In middle age, there is a tendency to moderate; to grow conservative and slow down. All you have to do is lie to yourself. As you meditate on aging, there is a transition from one state of understanding to another – reflected in joy and regret.

 

Some choose the inverse path, with the forces of time and intellect pushing and pulling at each other in a violent war of wills and a suspicion of the status quo.

Do not go gentle, my ass.

Symptoms of a personality definition disorder emerge in fragments of text and sequences being played forward and again in ferocious rewind. Emancipated from history we are happily bereft from ancestry. Our DNA is our own to do with as we choose. Symptoms of a personality definition disorder emerge in fragments of text and sequences being played forward and again in ferocious rewind.

 

Untouched and undefiled by the usual inheritances of family and culture, wistful with remorse, I remove my disguise. I am aging without grace, grasping and reaching for meaning – and holding without caring once I find something that resembles the truth.

 

“Alterszorn” (the rage of age) is a five channel video and sound installation depicted as a suspended, inverted cross. The vertical stroke represents the through line of belief and intellect, the horizontal is a timeline. At the center are moments of convergence where we find why life is worth living.

 

Alterszorn premiered in the "Shifting Horizons" exhibition at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Thailand; March 23rd to July 10th 2016

BACC "Alterszorn" installation view
BACC "Alterszorn" installation view
BACC "Alterszorn"installation view
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