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HOME > VIDEO INSTALLATIONS > NAXSMASH INSTALLATION VIDEO INST. FROM NAXSMASH PROJECT
NAXSMASH INSTALLATION 2007
Naxsmash | Video Clip | 6.9Mb
naxsmash interprets entrapment as a net space, inside networked communications that have proliferated along with the global epidemic of sex trafficking of women and children. It laments the silencing and disappearance of human lives, as if expendable commodities in a supply chain, within red ropes, red for violence, ropes for restraint. The core piece is a hanging set of digitally printed transparent scrims suspended like oversized film strips in an errant assemblage. What’s on or in them appear to be still or photographic images, saturated, with streaks of orange and red in rope-like strands. Here and there, you can perceive the image of a woman— or parts of her: her hands, her eyes. It seems to be a figure that’s locked up, trapped somehow within or behind the scrims She can- not fully be seen, but she gives you the impression that she is not only seeing you, she is looking at you. The video also seems to have something to do with this woman moving within the narrow, hollow projections of light. Her face and flashes of her body appear and disappear, in layers. The gaze of a double, her tied up hands, her breathing, moves through the scrims. The scrims are held in place through a system of ropes laced via grommet perforations at their ends, like the sewing cards used by little children, when they are taught how to thread a needle and sew pieces of cloth together.

naxsmash as an ongoing project includes multimedia installation, performance and net art and is adapted and modified by the space and use of each public site where it is built.  “naxsmash” refers to birth or negation in a place “x” where the birth and the negation smash together. Related net art and texts at:
http://www.naxsmash.net

Live performance installations of naxsmash change with each new venue:
Xin retail space, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, 2002; Vancouver, BC, Canada (Moonbase Gallery and "Digitalis: Concerning the Spiritual in Digital Art," 2001) ; Digital Studio/California Museum of Photography, 2002; Melbourne, Australia (DIgital Arts and Culture Conference, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2003) ; Weimar, Germany (Deutsches Nationaltheatre / Bauhaus University / with back-up festival of new media and film, 2003; SelectMedia Festival, Chicago, 2003; San Francisco Performance Cinema Symposium, 2003. Architectural design students collaborated for “Naxsmash: Global Poetry at the Powerhouse”, at California Polytechnic State University Department of Architecture, 2001 and at the architecture Medialab in 2002. The image stills and online clip here are from the Medialab installation (2002).

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