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Mari Velonaki

Embracement is a light reactive installation. The work explores perception and interpretation of interpersonal interaction, through the device of optical illusion. Within a photo-dynamic crystal screen, fleeting image sequences of two women appear. All sequences commence with the women standing, facing each other, and with the younger woman striding towards the elder one. Subsequent interactions between the characters are placed ambiguously between affection and violent rejection.The nature of the relationship remains unresolved to the viewer as the projected image is interrupted by a shutter. The viewer is left with ephemeral glowing red afterimages of the women. This transient memory of the screen is due to the physics of the crystals, which absorb light and re-emit it at red wavelengths. This is not a software (e.g. Photoshop) effect, but a consequence of physical photoluminescence. Projection of images under computer control allows for indefinite variation in the repeating image sequences.

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