Two screen video and sound piece
“Acided” is a video piece dedicated to the appreciation of nature in all its magnificence. In a time of forced isolation, not only from people, but from nature as well, this work reminds us to stay positive and concentrate on what is good in this world, even if not accessible at the moment. The piece wants to help people remember not to focus on the small problems of the quotidian life, but instead be grateful for the amazing opportunity of being alive; after all, celebrating nature is like celebrating life itself.
While on the left screen we are presented with videos of natural landscapes, on the other side we are confronted with written text. The detachment of the written words from their visual correspondent forces the spectator to choose which side to focus on, exposing the disruptive quality of language, which both on a sonic and visual level seems distracting and overcoming the regenerating sounds of nature. Both screens are describing the same thing, but the viewer has to choose if to experience the work through the senses or read about it.
Text by: Paz Encina, Norbert Ruebsaat, John Hull, Miguel Rio Branco, Michel Foucault, Albert Einstein.
The contradictory relationship between experience and language could be emphasised even more if the screens were more far apart, maybe even on opposite sides of the same room or one on the back of the other. Given the online presentation of the work I had to keep it simple so that people could actually choose between the two freely.
I feel this work is not one of the strongest, but has served a therapeutic role for me, since before reminding people to focus on positive things I had to remind myself that. Being apart from wilderness for such a long time has had a huge impact on my wellbeing and this work has been a refreshment from the concrete landscape I got used to.