Ether

A film by Muriel Paraboni

A fish swims in deep waters, exploring an unknown territory. The boundaries seem indefinite, limited just by darkness. Such is the mind, such is the abstract space of the senses and perceptions, where every emotion and thought begins to shape the whole world.

Ether is a metaphor but rather a study, an experience. All states of being unfold in this subtle space, without time or form: sensations, impulses, thoughts. Calm, doubt, hesitation, anxiety, fury, all that, in the limit, constitute the subjective world around. But it is also in the passages through these states that beauty may happen, kind of creative accident, a dance capable of making confinement a poetic of movement and multiplication.

Produced and Directed by Muriel Paraboni
Photography by Marcus Jung

Score: 8 to 432Hz sounds (Schumann Frequency)

Statement

Ether was initially conceived as part of a multi-channel video installation, and was thus presented in its first versions in 2016 and 2017. The intention was to produce a sensory experience of empty space, an abstract emptiness, full of possibilities, territory for the active participation of the subjects mind: like thought, the fish swims this space, defines meaning, plays freely with its limits. In other words, mind itself is immersed in an ocean of ether where all stimuli are perceived and can be transformed.

In the form of video art, contrary to expectations, there was an expansion of the ideas contained in the original installation: in a paradoxical way, the confinement of the fish to the video expanded its concepts and, more than that, deepened its meanings. Without the other elements of the installation, Ether showed itself to be a metaphorical study of the mind, the fish embodying the sensory, emotional, affective, instinctive drives of being, the oceanic movement of thoughts that, in the limit, may produce the entire subjective world.

In this way, nothing that was in the installation was lost. The video emphasized the abstraction of space and the multiplicity of facets deployed by the fish. The sensory crescendo sought in the physical installation benefited from the video immersion, emphasizing forms and sounds. Ether thus went beyond a study, an analogy between the fish´s behavior and the mind, becoming so a rhythmic, kind of musical video-piece, whose tensions and strains may touch a varied multiplicity of individual sensibilities.

Screenings

Land 2nd Edition - Solo Exhibition
Galeria de Artes | Centro de Cultura Ordovás 
Caxias do Sul, Brazil - Ago 2019

Terra - Solo Exhibition
Centro de Artes e Letras - CAL/UFSM, Santa Maria, Brazil

Factors - Art and Technology Festival - Mostra Online 4.0
CAL/UFSM, Santa Maria, Brazil

Fresta - Mostra Audiovisual
UFPel, Pelotas, Brazil

InFrestAção - Mostra Audiovisual
UFPel, Rio Grande, Brazil

Galeria A Sala - Group Exhibition
Centro de Artes UFPel - Pelotas, Brazil

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