As everyone was ordered to stay home during COVID-19 crisis and everything was closed, we put things together in a few days and started COCO-lands-project.
We are a group of international artists sharing personal media art diaries of isolation from a variety of geographical contexts: from a complete, law-imposed isolation in Italy, over the strict measures in Austria, to the increasing social struggles in the USA — and a permanent isolation context on a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
Each one of us posts in a personal media format and from the location we are currently isolated in. We decide to do this as a ritual, without knowing when it might end.
I’m isolated in my tiny residence flat in Austria. My project Interspaced is a research of physical and mental interspaces using the pinhole room as a main tool. The view from outside is projected into my room and some everyday objects have taken a new role as a canvas. On dark days I’m combining the views digitally with videos and photos.
These two worlds are overlapping and mixing the reality. Events indoors and outdoors start to have some dialog.
In the background is disordered marine weather radio to know the circumstances on the isolated island. Marine weather reminds me of my childhood on a sailing boat, it used to be one of the rare messages from the outside world in the 90’s.
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Video by @suorsatiia . Events indoors and outdoors start to have some dialog. The smoke from the factories is very symbolic, the steam of tea, as well but in a very different manner. In the background is disordered marine weather radio to know the circumstances on the isolated island. “Interspaced” is a research of physical and mental interspaces. . #tiiasuorsa #interspaced #interspace #cocolands #smokesignals #covid_19
Abelardo Morell has been doing pinhole rooms since 1991. When he was traveling around the world for many years taking pictures, I am staying in the same room using it as a tool to learn about interspaces.
A Finnish visual artist Kati Immonen has done an artwork called Iloinen säätiedotus veneilijöille (Happy marine weather for sailors) where she is mixing the original colours of natural phenomena into more fanciful ones. I felt some kind of connection for this work even the aesthetic and concept are very different from this project.
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