Nicole Rayburn, consume repeat #2, 1:18, 2016
This series of short videos explores the notion of repetition through the isolation of specific gestures. The series focuses on animal interactions with their environments, specifically involving activities surrounding consumption.
In consume repeat #2, the subtle violence of the exchange between the Monarch Butterflies is contrasted with the slightly humorous frailty of their bodies. Organic gestures are mechanized through the editing process, and the movements speak to habit, compulsion, obsession, and absurdity.
The metaphor of the butterfly effect – the notion that the minuscule flapping of the wings of a butterfly can dramatically affect the outcome of events in a larger system, such as weather – emphasizes the inter-connectivity of all entities and actions. When seen through the lens of isolated exchanges between insect bodies, this reveals the potential impacts of small violences, and the larger effects they can have. The piece seeks to reflect on what the flap of a wing might mean through repetition, as a flap is never in isolation. Although there is repetition, duration and accumulation deny repeat experiences, and through this repetition emerges the possibility for reinvention (Deleuze).
This forced intervention of the mechanization of the organic body highlights the human presence, albeit literally unseen, yet emphasizes inter-connectivity and impact that even the tiniest gesture can have in shifting perceptions and affecting relations.
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2016 Binnar Visual Arts Festival, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
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Nicole Rayburn 2017