Astoria Blvd & 30TH 2021Jan19 2:30PM Ground 00’07” by Monique Allain

ASTORIA BLVD & 30TH 2021JAN19 2:30PM GROUND 00’07”

Monique Allain

Video

1:21 minutes

North Salem, New York

 

We tend to fight against difference. What would be a monochrome world? If everything just had similar flavors and sounds? Diversity is richness.

When I moved to NY and discovered Queens, I felt a belonging sensation. This borough is an oasis that embraces people from everywhere, a fascinating multicultural place where the explosion of smells, sounds and colors fills our senses, where the flow of life pulses intensely.

GROUNDS are series of videos, which reveal actions integrated into their specific time-space context, from the perspective of the body in motion.

I circle in place with the camera facing forward. The video captured reveals the event from the perspective of the body in action, and not from an external observer.

North Salem ND 2021Feb04 4PM Walk (T2) 00’54” by Monique Allain

NORTH SALEM ND 2021FEB04 4PM WALK (T2) 00’54”

Monique Allain

Video

0:53 minutes

North Salem, New York

 

WALKS are series of videos, which reveal actions integrated into their specific time-space context, from the perspective of the body in motion.

I walk holding the camera facing the ground and filming. The video captured reveals the event from the perspective of the body in action, and not from an external observer.

The camera lens is set in the zoom-in mode. Due to this, a blurred image is created, that amplifies the notion of displacement. There is no acceleration of the images in the editing, and the sequences are preserved without any intermediary cut.

The videos are indexes, traces of the performance. Each “action & place & time” has its own chromatic and sonorous vibration. They are attempts to inhabit a particular situation within a suspended present continuous time. I have been producing and accumulating this series of images since 2008.

W Paraty B, Series Walk, Video 1’03”, 2010.” by Monique Allain

W PARATY B, Series WALK, Video 1’03”, 2010.”

Monique Allain

Video

1:03 minutes

North Salem, New York

 

At W PARATY B, I was walking with my feet in the sea water of Paraty. The tide was low and the moon's reflection shone on the water. This video is also part of the WALK