Vivian Charlesworth | Auguries
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“The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell.” 
Rebecca Solnit
In Auguries, I mythologize myself, pushing the boundaries of reality in order to make sense of my conscious and subconscious self. This piece is a complex cosmology based upon a novella written prior to the completion of the installation. Utilizing tropes present in early creation myths, as well as imagery of navigation and astronomical observation, I place myself within sublime landscapes (the desert, the ocean and the military complex) in order to contextualize myself within its vastness.
At one end of the space, an eight foot embroidered star chart hangs surrounded by four mahogany kinetoscopes with brass binoculars. Each box contains a three minute long video, and acts as a portal into the world of the chart’s maker. The walls are a deep blue, and are decorated with hand-painted abstracted stars that act as wall paper. The floor is furnished with dark wood floors, and a twenty minute sound loop reverberates in the space, reflecting the video content and the star chart.
To view the kinetoscope videos, click here

Site Specific Installation, 2015

Mahogany, Brass, Embroidery on Canvas, 3D Printing, Raspberry Pi, Programming, Video, Audio


Some video footage from the film "Conduits" was filmed as part of a research project by Vivian Charlesworth and Alyson Ogasian