Confessional


Confessional
Video Installation
11”x7.5”x5.5” with 22” monitor

In this video installation, I aim to exploit my sins from childhood through adulthood in a metaphorical manner. Each sin is matched with a metaphorical action or symbolic imagery and then is enacted and filmed for this piece. The medium of video itself is exploitive, revealing personal regrets and unlawful actions. The interpretation of these metaphors is left to the viewer, and I hope to have the viewer place their own past in relation to my own.

By placing the video in a box, I am protecting myself in a sense as well as referencing the traditional boxes in which the Catholic religion confess their sins. The inner magnifying eyepiece is set at a particular focal length and is meant to engulf the viewer within the imagery, which is masked by vibrant colors. The box is cracked open slightly to represent a leak in the enclosure for my confessions, and the possibility of spreading knowledge. A single AV cable is run from the small video box to a larger monitor, which is openly exploiting my sins. This is in response to the rise of social networking sites, and the safety of our privacy and secrets within the digital world. The single AV cable, one person, can broadcast private information to an entire community. The sounds are meant to set the mood of the piece, using electronic and human noises coming from inside the box, to emphasize this sense of looking through a human’s personal experiences.