Flight Epistemologies | 2005
'Flight Epistemologies' was a single-channel video projection and sound environment consisting of composited image sequences designed to produce a sense of weightlessness. The image sequences represent a range of buoyant situations ranging from experimental camera footage, recorded while spinning and twirling a Canon XL-1 camera, to footage abstracted from early NASA missions. Production work pushed digital imaging equipment to extremes in order to create dizzying visual effects of land and skyscapes crucial to transforming the textures of the image sequences.
The title for FE was chosen to highlight the conceptual nature of the work. As viewer positioning, image references, and sound activity alternate - issues of flight, gravity, and flotation are foregrounded. Sequences created with footage of rising objects are contrasted with falling or floating scenes in order to confute the sense of directional movement and are of crucial importance in producing the viewer's experience of volition and weightlessness. The tilted screen is positioned near the floor so viewers experience a sense of altitude in relationship to the non-narrative sequence.
As a part of the ceremony awarding her an honorary doctorate from the Atlanta College of Art, FE was privately screened by Mayor Shirley Franklin at the ACA Gallery in 2005 at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, GA.