Single channel HD video
Color, sound, 5’06”
Courtesy of Galerie Urs Meile Beijing-Lucerne
Following Footsteps (2013) is a recent video exploring and combining the rhythm of moving images with a layered texture of sounds. The scene presented is that of youngsters and dancing couples at the seaside. The soundtrack has been manipulated so that instead of dance music, fragments of speeches are heard: in particular the quotation “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” from the speech delivered by Patrick Henry to the Virginia Convention in 1775. Rhythmic beats accompany the images, edited and looped accordingly. The striking contrast between political content and escapist images may stir a reflection about the improbable mixes contemporary society produces and is produced by. At the same time the mismatch enhances the semantic implication of images and sounds.