RIMA is a performance installation and digital media work that conceptually addresses strategies for survival by way of poetically re-framing the facts behind the effects of solitary confinement and isolation into a fictional present/future. Notions around stimulus and memory are played out through the performers movement within the physical space (proximity, sound, touch) and the data collection of distinct environmental changes (cold, hot, light, dark), which trigger strategically placed sensors collated by a computer program. This in turn dispatches a relational virtual text stream delivered to a live webpage and/or twitter feed (twitter fiction). The overall effect is a mimic of real-time thoughts, responses and actions, which over time slowly build into a fictional narrative somewhere between an indistinct present and a sci-fi future.
“Words take time. They can’t tell it all at once. How can this anxiety be expressed? I would need a single word. A word that creates a synthesis. A crushing blow of a word. A thunderclap word. A blood-soaked word. Shrieked from a throat choking with anxiety. The waiting in the hollow of my stomach. My heart squeezed by horror. The dread that tugs in my chest, high up, a place, a point on the left, where usually there is nothing. My heart. A flesh word. A blood word. This word does not exist.”
Lena Constante The Silent Escape: Three Thousand Days in Romanian Prisons. 1995
Photo credit: Julie Vulcan Text credit: adapted from Lena Constante
RIMA premiered at The Lock-Up Cultural Centre in Newcastle 20 – 22 March 2015 and was developed during Artist in Residence at the Lock-Up and Bundanon Trust in 2013.
RIMA is co-hosted remotely by Contemporary Culture Art and Politics, National Institute for Experimental Art, University of New South Wales I Art & Design
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