consume repeat #3

Nicole Rayburn, consume repeat #3, 0:13 loop, 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.

The visual effects applied to all three videos position them in the realm of a futuristic hyper-reality while simultaneously resonating with the popular culture of low-fi imagery of youtube animal videos and gifs. Using humour and beauty, the videos explore the complex relations between species and the need for survival.

In consume repeat #3, the subtle violence of the exchange between the Pelican and the Pigeon is contrasted with the humorous and persistent method of the Pelican trying to swallow a large, moving entity. Organic gestures are mechanized into a loop, and the movements speak to habit, compulsion, obsession, and absurdity.

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Found Footage: Pelican Eats Pigeon
Audio samples by Freed, Kangaroovindaloo, & Reitanna (freesound.org)

Nicole Rayburn 2016

consume repeat #2

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.

Nicole Rayburn, consume repeat #2, 1:18, 2016

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.

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Nicole Rayburn, consume repeat #2, Still, 1:18, 2016

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).

Audio samples by Headphaze (freesound.org)

Exhibitions:

2017 Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria, Canada (upcoming)

2016 Binnar Visual Arts Festival, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

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Nicole Rayburn 2017

consume repeat #1

Nicole Rayburn, consume repeat #1, 1:04, 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.

consume repeat #1 humorously explores the movements of Great White Egrets as they catch their morning fish, and when they score a particularly juicy catch, their run back to shore. Organic gestures are mechanized through the editing process, and the movements speak to habit, compulsion, obsession, and absurdity.

consume repeat_StillNicole Rayburn, consume repeat #1, Still, 1:04, 2016

Although there is repetition, duration and cumulation deny repeat experiences, and through this emerges the possibility that repetition allows for reinvention (Deleuze).

Audio samples by Klankbeeld, Sailor55, & Markedit (freesound.org)

 

Nicole Rayburn 2016