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I look up I look down by Pernille Spence


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I look up I look down

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This 2:30 minute video loop consists of four carefully selected shots of a woman falling/flying through the sky. The filming took place outside of the aircraft during the process of freefall.

'I look up I look down' explores notions of flying, falling and the human desire to escape earth's gravitional pull. The desire for absolute freedom - both mentally and physically.

Spence isolates moments where the performer appears to be flying, either with instinctive control or falling out of control, either terrified or ecstatic. Psychologically this work also deals with extremities of emotion. Through this action one can experience the deepest of fears but also a strong sense of euphoria. Reaching extremes - emotional extremes - strongly underlie the physical nature of the work.

'I look up I look down' is a result of my ongoing research into the analysis of (human) movement and psychological/physical (re-)action to specific situations and environments, both naturally existent and deliberately staged.
Artist:Pernille Spence
Artwork type:Video projection
Material:Ditigal Video
Measurements:2 minutes 25 seconds (runs on a constant loop)
Technique:Filming and Digital Editing
Location:Creation site: North Spain
Rights owner:Pernille Spence
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
Notes:Exhibited as outdoor projection at:
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh Inverness
Root Festival, Hull Time Based Arts

Exhibited in galleries at:
Cinemedia, Melbourne, Australia
Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany

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