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OCTOPUS IN THE ROOM

Octopus in the room is a multimedia documentary installation, exploring the spatiality of fear through a sequence of interviews made with 6 female and non-binary participants, letting the audience enter their symbolic headspace to discover the emotional spaces of the interviewees.

A sequence of illustrations depicts the symbolic inner landscape of the participants which are installed, along with 100+ tiny ear-face sculptures.

 

The installed elements are creating clusters, each linked to one participant and accompanied by a unique soundscape, displaying the recorded interviews as atmosphere sounds of the inner landscapes of the interviewees. The usage of headphones provides the ability to separate yet hold together the experience of the space. ​The headphones are wired to physically link the audience and the cluster of each interviewee, creating a literal connection beyond the metaphorical one. Each of them is attached to a tiny chair sculpture, representing the attention which the audience pays towards the interviewees by listening to their soundscape. 

Octopus in the room is dedicated to the exploration of spatial storytelling, handling the installed visual elements as characters within a story and using the physical exhibition space as the environment of the story itself. While the projected animation operates with the fusion of still and moving images in the mediated sense, the rest of the installation plays with the idea of creating 'moving images' in the sculptural sense, by making the installed still images and sculptures physically circulable and mobile.


 

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[the photographs has been taken at the University of Westminster]

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