The Mechanics of Love - Online Screening

The Mechanics of Love - Online Screening

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A free screening of The Mechanics of Love by Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth, exclusively available to Axis members.

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Axis is extremely excited to announce two free screenings of The Mechanics of Love by Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth exclusively available to Axis members. The screenings will be followed by a conversation between the artists and Dr. Rachel Warriner.

These screenings mark the end of the artists’ Digital Residency with Axis and will be accompanied by a commissioned text, collaboratively written by Philomena Epps and Octavia Bright.

The screenings will take place online within our new Axis Viewing Room. A link and password will be emailed to attendees allowing entry into the Viewing Room in advance of the event.

The Mechanics of Love is a two channel video installation co-authored by Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth.

In the work, the artists individually record their activities on multiple cameras as they rise and prepare for a video call with one another. The two videos were made separately following the same routine, but are presented together allowing for chance encounters and synchronicities.

The Mechanics of Love is both a prequel and a response to ‘If You Can’t See My Mirrors I Can’t See You’ (IYCSMMICSY), a video co-authored by the artists ten years ago. IYCSMMICSY was a recording of a video call about the making of the work, made using screen recordings and other cameras in the early days of Skype. Live video feeds generating double-portraits were novel. There was magic in how the computer screen functioned as both a mirror and a lamp, and created an instant window into another world. Using a video call as the basis of a work is pertinent in new ways today. The use of the video call has changed, with calls scheduled to aid daily rhythm and structure. The Mechanics of Love reflects on new kinds of aesthetics made possible through video technology alongside a consideration of the role of video technology in the process of opening up and sharing space with others.

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