video, 7'20”, loop, mirrors, installation dimensions variable
Odyssey collapses Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” into a series of image slices, the complete film re-delivered in 7 minutes, 20 layers deep. The thin strips of data reveal the film like an overzealous Op Art painting, pacing us through colour modulations in a hypnotic configuration.
In an installation at the Musée d’Art Contemporain Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL) Paris, the single channel video was reflected into three giant mirrors, creating an infinity chamber of lines. Endless stripes extend into the reflected image, drawing on the original narrative of the film. Speculations of infinity and eternity are evident, while the mirrors emphasize the false nature of the sci-fi world in which Odyssey resides.
Sheena Macrae graduated from the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, Canada with a BFA in 1999 and from Goldsmiths College, London, UK with an MA in Fine Art in 2002. She has won awards and exhibited internationally, most notably with a monograph exhibition at the Musée d’Art Contemporain Val-de-Marne in Paris, at Whitechapel Gallery in London, and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin; she has also been the artist-in-residence at Monash University in Melbourne.
Beginning as a filmmaker, all of her work is filtered through film language and theory, with an emphasis on how meaning is contrived and what an audience adds to the experience. Macrae’s work manipulates popular iconography in film and video through compression, exploring the modern fascination with speed, nostalgia, information and entertainment. She misappropriates the ready-made formats of cinema and television through digital media technologies, fixating obsessively on pivotal, recurring narrative junctions. These works parody and reconstruct the dynamics of Hollywood clichés, collective memory, and the standardization of film narratives. Co-opting the syntax of film language, she develops alternative meaning through a post-production remix.