object permanence is now available for film festivals and gallery installations.
The object permanence installation is an exploration of visibility or lack thereof in a time of perpetual display" is an immersive gallery installation that invites visitors to delve into the concept of object permanence and the nuanced dynamics of visibility in our contemporary era of constant display. Through a captivating short film, a compelling series of photography, and an engaging interactive community component, this exhibition provokes reflection on the curated nature of our digital presence, the enduring power of memory, and the abundance of concealed narratives that shape our world.
Screendance | object permanence
The centerpiece of the installation is a sensual screendance short titled object permanence that continuously unfolds, exploring the intricate interplay between visibility and invisibility. Through striking visuals and a non-narrative journey, the film uses choreographic and film techniques to illuminate how our perceptions are curated, presenting an opportunity to question the authenticity of our public encounters and the inherent implications of constant exposure or lack thereof. It challenges viewers to contemplate the inconspicuous aspects of objects, memories, and communities, prompting a reconsideration of our perceptions.
Choreography, dance, cinematography & editing | Kayla Schiltgen, original composition & music | Dean Sibinski, production assistance | Eric Elefson
Photography | scene unseen
Accompanying the film is a meticulously curated series of photography and screenshots titled scene unseen, capturing fragments of people, moments and objects of rural Two Harbors, Mn. By incorporating the use of in-camera effects created with found objects from place, movement and prompts that engage the people being photographed in a collaborative creative process, the images exemplify the delicate balance of seen and unseen. The tension between what is seen and what is hidden invites viewers to contemplate the agency of rural people, the representation of rural spaces, the fluctuating state of the natural environments that characterize rural spaces and the layers of meaning that lie beyond what is public.
Community Engagement | (in)visibility stories
To foster community creativity, (in)visibility stories provides an interactive component within the installation. This space offers visitors an opportunity to co-create, empowering participants with the ability to choose how they will be seen or not. Via interactive displays, visitors can choose to or not contribute their stories, memories, or objects, creating a collective tapestry that highlights the richness and multiplicity of people and place along with amplifying the beauty and significance of the uncurated experience that often gets overlooked in the relentless stream of manufactured realities in our digitally focused society.