Videos

The artistic vision I am attempting to portray through this work is vision and illusion. This concept is a viewing operation that requires an understanding of the rules of viewing and then moving away from the surface towards the draw of the illusion. The work is displayed as a video performance in an optometrist’s room during an eye examination. What lures the viewer to this work is the contrast it draws between vision and illusion- image and meaning. An illusion often heightens the senses and leads the consciousness to question the eye and the mind.

Also part of her research into the legacy of the neighborhood, Ebtisam Abdulaziz created the video piece Remapping Al Fahidi in which she sits at a table trying to write the word “Al Bastakyia” while listening to voices dictating “Al Fahidi” (Room N° 3). The artist is eventually influenced by what she hears; her writings stammer and stumble and the word Al Fahidi appears progressively on the now scrapped paper.

The video is more than the simple act of documenting an event; it dives into the very essence of the work by painting a series of scenes, some superfluous in their degree of detail, others omitted and most a mixture of reality and fantasy. Some scenes have a rational base to them in that they analyze the relationship between the numbers and their counterpart in real life. The mode of presentation is quite unusual: the video is played on an ATM machine, thus stripping it of its functional quality and transforming it into a movie screen.

My primary focus in this work is the shadow of events. I don’t narrate a story of events, but I tell of shadows and souls. The soul of things is not the event in itself but the symbol the event represents, as an interpretation of an existential moment of a being. Thus it comes as the form of historic narration which resembles the moment of presence, or absence. Reality mixes with imagination, between the moment the shadow appears and disappears. In a hurried temporal recording of the presence of shadow, watching it and recording it, is in itself a moment which draws the line between existence and nonexistence.

The numbers are a summary of my autobiography for a certain period, and I employ it in the framework of a theatrical that portrays the negative aspects of today’s society where the individual is rendered useless in the midst of consumerist societies that only recognize material profits. The video is of a deliberate moving scene, the same one we take part in every day, except I present it in a cynical manner that mocks class divisions. It is a cynical critique of consumerist societies signifying the transformation of the human being into a code or a set of numbers. The artist’s body is changed into a well-known brand or an emblem printed on t-shirts and placed on giant billboards.

In this performance art piece I will paint the inside of the plastic bubble with Klein’s blue to create ‘freedom ‘ which will effectively change the colour of the entire world. The documentation of this performance includes video of the colouring process from ‘inside the bubble, and also a documentation of the surrounding space outside the bubble, which will also represent the idea of “who is watching who”. “Being inside a bubble doesn’t represent the idea of freedom as people usually might think!!! However I see things differently; I see myself inside a bubble of ‘freedom’, which will let me change the colour of the entire world”

In this performance art piece I will paint the inside of the plastic bubble with Klein’s blue to create ‘freedom ‘ which will effectively change the colour of the entire world. The documentation of this performance includes video of the colouring process from ‘inside the bubble, and also a documentation of the surrounding space outside the bubble, which will also represent the idea of “who is watching who”. “Being inside a bubble doesn’t represent the idea of freedom as people usually might think!!! However I see things differently; I see myself inside a bubble of ‘freedom’, which will let me change the colour of the entire world”

The concept is about the contract between structure and instability, why does society hold? Or fail? What does the social structure have to be made of in order for humans to be safe but also free. If things are too static, there is no freedom, and if things are too dynamic, society and identity collapse.

Performance art piece documented in photographs and video, using UV light in a dark room, i used fluorescent acrylic color to write on my body. the work is clarifying the state of a female, Arab artist that is using her body in her art work, which is most of the time misunderstood and questioned by the her society.

Consumers of Western media are constantly exposed to narratives that link terrorism to Islam. The word terrorist precedes or follows nearly every utterance of the word Muslim in conversations in the media. The proliferation and repetition of this phenomenon inevitably colors perceptions of Muslims, and places Muslims in the impossible position of having to defend themselves against the suspicions and misrepresentations that rain down upon them on a daily basis.
My performance is an attempt, perhaps a futile one, at that defense. I will be dressed in white and enclosed behind a pane of glass that is something similar to a white interrogation room. An audio track in which the word terrorist is said over and over will play. The audio clips have been taken from recordings of prominent American politicians and members of the media, as well as from real videos showing Muslims in America being harassed. As the audio plays, each time the word terrorist is said, I will defend myself by writing Muslim on the pane of glass with a black marker. As the audio track gathers in intensity, I will be forced to write faster and faster in an attempt to keep pace with it.
The video camera will be placed on the outside of the interrogation room on the other side of the glass. The audience’s perspective will look into the interrogation room through the glass and see me writing the word Muslim, which they will see in reverse as they hear the audio track play.

 

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