nicole rademacher

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Aïda Ruilova

As written in my post below, this woman makes some short videos (which is súper exciting!!). Her website is a little difficult to navigate, but if you mess around enough, you can figure out how to actually watch the videos.

The shorties are pretty nice. She has taken a small group of sounds (or phrases) and had the actors repeat them in different manners. Simultaneously employing jolting jump-cuts as her editing method. This all makes for some uncomfortable videos - in a good way. The sounds and image edits are both very purposeful, which establishes a disturbing atmosphere. Luckily none of the videos are longer than a minute, thus this uneasiness ends quickly. Ironically, you will want to watch the videos again. I don't know about more than twice or thrice, but definitely twice.

I did some research on Ruilova and these works. Her inspiration comes from early vampire movies and 70's horror flicks. That seems appropriate.

Now. What is she doing? The videos have gotten longer as she tackles new projects (the short videos are almost 10 years old!), but they are still on the short side. She is young, was in the Whitney Biennial in 2004, and is continuing to show and make interesting work - yea for good art !!

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