Monday, 29 March 2010
Video Is The Only Constant April 7th 2010: Monica Elkelv
KAOS, 3:48, UK
'Kaos' is a film based on the earliest condition of the Universe, before matter and the lower atmosphere that surrounds the earth: the great void of emptiness within the Universe. The film symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, and shows the relationship between the body and the natural environment representing the extremes of emotion by the loss of the body. Kaos is a paradox, between body and nature, and universe and matter: the space or gap between heaven and earth.
Monica Elkelv combines dance and film as an art form, pushing the art of modern dance into the forefront of the experimental film world. Movement and its manipulation enable her to create a space, which has no reference to time, transforming the body in a depersonalized figure. Through her films, she approaches the relation between the human and the natural world upon a metaphysical level, exploring the connection between mind and matter and the transcendental state of consciousness. In her dance films, we see the limits of the dancer’s body in contrast to the unlimited experimentations the filmmaker can have by using the body as a material, as an object. As an object, the body can be accelerated, without limits. The result is the creation of another imaginary space through a multidimensional perspective, resulting into an impossible dance.