Vivian Charlesworth | Intrasectum
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Intrasectum is an immersive installation set in an indecipherable time period.  The work explores an alternative hydrotherapy in which insects are injected into a patient intravenously.  The piece aims to evoke an atmosphere of peaceful discomfort by the use of jarring colors and a soundtrack of echoing drips.  While immersed within the work, the viewers are challenged to create a narrative for themselves, since there is no overt storyline to be found.  The use of a live actress, playing the patient, is instrumental in creating a feeling of an alternate reality and asserts that the space is supposed to be used.  As the patient sits in the tub, nude, she watches an abstract “informational video” that is meant to describe her experience.  Nevertheless, the video and the message are abstract, lending an air of mystery to the procedure and to the overall artwork.

Installation, 2013

Video projection, found objects and appliances, IV bag, rubber, insects, audio, video.