Davies, Tim (2011) Frari. Wales Institute of Research in Art and Design.

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Frari was a site-specific video installation created for the Venice Biennale 2011. It continued Davies’s work on how audio-visual technologies can articulate an embodied experience of place, as opposed to a representation of it. Embodied articulation seeks out the transformations and distortions that suggest an immersed, ‘subjective’ viewpoint, rather than a distant, ‘objective’ one. Frari developed the process, used in Kilkenny Shift, of combining reanimated photographic stills and continuous, recorded sound to create a disjunction that can express a hidden location. Access to the usually publicly inaccessible interior of the Frari campanile in Venice was negotiated. Thousands of still photographs were taken by Davies as he walked up and down the ramps that run from the base to the top inside the campanile, left after its construction. Photographs were selected and edited together to make a video, which was combined with an audio recording of Davies ascending the ramps. The principal disjunction created in the work was between the distribution of light and dark in the stills, from architectural recesses and sunlight through windows, and the silence, breath and sudden sound on the soundtrack. The fact that some sounds and images meshed but that the majority did not helped to give a sense of the tussle between what is significant and insignificant – the things that may or may not become prominent – in one’s experience of an historical location. Frari was exhibited at the Tim Davies Wales in Venice solo show, 54th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, 2011; and at the National Museum of Wales as part of Diffusion, Cardiff’s International Festival of Photography, 2013. It was featured in the following publications: Globus and Jones (eds), Tim Davies (Ridinghouse 2011), and the catalogue for the National Museum Diffusion exhibition, Cardiff 2013.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Citation: Davies, T., Frari. Series: Venice Biennale;.
Uncontrolled Keywords: place, space, site-specificity, photography, installation art
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
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Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 16:08
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 12:54

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