The Serpent & The Mouse

Nicole Rayburn, The Serpent & The Mouse, 3:31, 2013

The Serpent & The Mouse addresses the understanding of the serpent as inescapably associated to the biblical story of original sin – The Fall – and problematizes the associations of this metaphor. The demonization of the female position in this narrative, namely Eve, who is forever after burdened with the bizarre notions of sole responsibility and eternal implications, is shown to be absurd both through its malleability and its metaphorical construction. The Serpent & The Mouse also shows a mouse being eaten by a snake.

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The same footage repeats eight times in various manifestations, playfully using text to complicate the understandings of the imagery, problematize the position of power, and to re-position the serpent with more ‘obvious connotations’.

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Selected Screenings:

2016 24HR Cinema Festival, Selection from Athens Digital Arts Festival 2014/2015, Curated by Eirini Olympiou, x-church, Gainsborough, UK

2016 Delete TV, Channel C31 Public Braodcast, Melbourne, Australia

2016 Delete TV, Channel OKTO TV Public Broadcast, Austria

2015 European Media Arts Festival Tour, Ankara International Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey

2015 European Media Arts Festival Tour, City 46, Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany

2014 European Media Arts Festival Tour, ZKM | Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

2014 European Media Arts Festival Tour, German Culture Goethe-Institute, Paris, France, Curated by Ralf Sausmikat

2014 27th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France

2014 Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, Curated by Erini Olypmiou

2014 Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece.

2014 European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany. Curated by Joke Ballentijn, Katrin Mundt, Ralf Sausmikat, and Sebastiaan Schlicher

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Nicole Rayburn 2016