An intimate installation investigating the theme of autoscopic hallucination, the double and ageing, using 2-way mirror, 16mm film, and the viewer’s own reflection.
Live-cinema artist Sally Golding harnesses the behaviour and properties of light and plays with the classic iconography of the mirror. Her work An Other Face: Spell for Living and Dying sits within her series of film performances and film installations based on the idea of ‘autoscopic hallucination’. In autoscopic hallucination, one sees one’s self as an external object, which can lead to the delusion that one has a double. In folklore and literature, the double (or doppelganger) is a symbolic embodiment of a troubled self or a phantom, and is a means of examining one’s own existence – be it as alive or dead. However, in the everyday, autoscopic hallucination is a form of dangerous disorientation. Previously, Golding has addressed autoscopic hallucination by projecting images onto her own body while exploring a variety of optical functions, such as reflection and refraction. In An Other Face, she projects onto the spectator, making them a screen – an integral component of the work. Such reorganisation of cinematic elements into installation form redesigns the cinematic viewing experience, exposing the typically locked process of beam-audience-screen.
Now in 2016 and looking back upon the filming of the installation which took place in 2009, the people in the film projections have changed, grown up, and some are sadly departed. Made of ‘star stuff’ – we never leave this planet – we only transgress it.
2 × 16mm film projectors & film loop plates, 2 × 3min film loops, white laminate, double sided mirror, lighting & lighting mixer, electromagnetic microphone pick-up & sound effects, audience face
Sound design collaboration: Golding & Joel Stern
Commissioned by Independent Exhibitions, 2009
Photos by Steve Trigg
Video courtesy of the artist