Devotion

Devotion is a single channel, B&W video installation.

 

Presuming that the camera places us there, where are we? Where are they? These intense stares are rare in day-to-day life. Great focus is exhibited here. The value of every millisecond is perceived and scrutinized almost simultaneously, as the sermon of a great spiritual leader. The repercussions of not doing so are too great.

 

Presuming that the camera places us there, where are we? Where are they? These intense stares are rare in day-to-day life. Great focus is exhibited here. The value of every millisecond is perceived and scrutinized almost simultaneously, as the sermon of a great spiritual leader. The repercussions of not doing so are too great.

 

The heightened levels of emotions could easily place these images inside of a Pentecostal church, or even a funeral. These events played out in the name of symbols and icons that are so important to the very core of each personís being, that some even lose control of themselves. They are literally carried away in emotion so great, as if the loss of a loved one, or the apparition of divinity in a religious context.

 

On the other side of the spectrum, very few moments are celebrated with such vigor. Scenarios at dance clubs look suspiciously similar, but they lack a degree of volition. This type of ecstasy is a several degrees less controllable. So much so, that a few degrees further could circle back into its antithetical state: the beginning of a riot. Perhaps itís a type of emotional feedback loop that happens in these types of communions where behaviors get modeled into something out of proportion.

 

In complicating these notions of place and context as they relate to the scale of emotional display contained within these images, perhaps it is possible to think about value, agency and communion in ways that contrast or differ from commonly accepted ideals. If asked what are the most important things in life, health, family, religion (for the religious) and world peace seem to dominate more normal contemporary discourses. Yet, the emotional responses presented here exist beyond these cultural ideals. Illogically so, yet challenging notions of value that dictate the answers commonly given. Perhaps, underneath these emotions there are contradictions to common assumptions that could benefit from closer scrutiny.

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