Dwelling

2002

Sawa, Hiraki
In the film 'Dwelling' computer animation has been used to miniaturise a fleet of aeroplanes to the extent that the average house provides sufficient airspace. The jets glide effortlessly around the residence, launching and landing from any available surface; the gentle hum of the engines adds to this hallucinatory spectacle. The significance of 'Dwelling' lies partly in the introduction of motion to the process of miniaturisation – movement gives the world of fantasy a greater sense of reality, as if a computer game has come to life. Dwelling also illuminates the relationship between scale and distance, evoking the childhood game whereby massive objects in the distance are measured between forefinger and thumb. 'Dwelling' reminds us that our everyday experience of aeroplanes is not of their gargantuan proportions, but rather of their distant miniaturisation: tiny specks in the sky no bigger than birds.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 9 minutes 20seconds
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  • Material description: DVD
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC1/2003

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