Athina Rachel Tsangari has created both a film and a projection installation for the DesteFashionCollection 2012, commissioned by art collector Dakis Joannou. Entitled THE CAPSULE, it is a Greek Gothic mystery inspired by the work of the young Polish artist Aleksandra Waliszewska.
The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival on 3 August 2012.
Seven young women. A mansion perched on a Cycladic rock
.A series of lessons on discipline, desire, discovery, and disappearance
. A melancholy, inescapable cycle on the brink of womanhood — infinitely.
The CAPSULE installation repurposes digital 3D technology to create a kaleidoscopic illusion apparatus, a modern-day adaptation of early cinema’s “Kinetoscope”. It invites an unsuspecting audience of passers-by to enter an adventure of visual perception, dependent on their distance from the screen and their respective heights. Viewers are invited to either fully engage and “discover” the story unfolding on the screen, or fleetingly experience the images as mysterious, oneiric tableaux.
A single screen simultaneously shows two separate movies, constructed from the same story, yet juxtaposing and amplifying each other as twin narratives. Normal-speed scenes are punctuated by extreme-slow-motion shots taken at different camera angles, generating a stereoscopic narration in doubles.
The triangular lattice placed before the screen operates as a kaleidoscope in itself, reflecting the images in a new set of distortions. Some of the lattice cells contain mirrored drawings by Aleksandra Waliszewska, only visible in ghostly reflections, adding a new dimension for viewers to discover.
Sofia Dona & Dimitris Theodoropoulos (hiboux.gr)
Matt Johnson (Haos Film)