EYES WIDE OPEN / The National Museum of Photography
By recording her subject's movements using a video camera, and then segmenting the footage into stills, Lislegaard invites us to create a composite from a series of images projected on to three screens. The effect is one of watching three slide shows alternating at slightly different speeds. Each sequence depicts the small inconsequential movements of a young woman – a tilt of the head, a lifted arm, a shift of the gaze. Occasionally, brief blips of real time action interrupt the progression of the stills, revealing their source as moving imagery, and jarring us into the present.
From time to time, the stream of visual fragments comes to a complete halt. Empty of imagery, the screen emits only darkness. A voice suddenly emanates from somewhere behind the projection – a woman describing another woman. As if we have been temporarily blinded and are being aided by a seeing friend, the voice describes the other woman's movements and appearance in short hushed phrases and streams of words and broken up sentences.
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