An online video chat generates two live portraits with changeable backdrops. It is a digital two-way mirror, a self-reflexive feedback loop wherein we witness ourselves talking back.
‘If You Can’t See My Mirrors I Can’t See You’ invites the audience to eavesdrop upon the artists’ Skype conversation. The dynamics of the dialogue are recorded and reassembled, to reveal spaces between and around objects and subjects. The computer screen operates as both a mirror and lamp, whilst acting as a frame into another world and a mimetic means of duplicating information The video was originally made as a single screen work for cinema in 2010 as part of a screening alongside short films made by Agnes Varda. It was made using six video recording devices but was shown using stereo sound.
The invitation to exhibit as part of CIRCA Project’s Space Release programme allowed a reconsideration of the work in terms of its relationship with the physical site, and was an opportunity to use the six audio channels originally recorded, capitalising on their staggered, repetitive and confusing nature. Using a surround sound system, the audio for this screening more accurately and poetically reflect and emphasises the content of the video, adding a new kind of spatial feature to the work.
Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth have recently shown work at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Jerwood Space, London and V22, London, They have also recently completed the LUX Associates scheme and a fellowship at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.