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ruffled feathers

2016  |  video  |  color & bw  |  sound  |  10:47 min min
Holly Fisher
for projection or may be looped for wall installation.
Lois V Vierk


Ruffled Feathers was made as a variation of my recent trio en rose which in turn was made from S.8 video original material filmed with consumer camera in Brittany, France, summer 2006. Quoting from my text for trio, Ruffled Feathers is a playful, intricate, and multi-layered dance piece — in which the dancers are seagulls, walking about on the pink granite rocks of Côte d’Amour, Brittany. And as in trio, my focus is especially on their skinny legs, knobby knees, and wide flat feet, coupled with a cheeky fearlessness.

The music piece IO by contemporary composer Lois V Vierk is the same used in trio en rose (also excerpted in A Question of Sunlight). Seagulls, layered glissandi, and cross/cut editing between frames interplay once more in counterpoint. But with additional tempo variations, more video layers and a muted palette of shifting colors, Ruffled Feathers has a different and decidedly darker feel even within the ironic formality that characterizes both works.


Perception then, is the common ground within this otherwise radical departure from my recent long-form essay films Everywhere at Once, Deafening Silence and A Question of Sunlight. Each of my new short works loop back to the cyclic and layered optical printing experiments with structure, including multiple projections, I did in the early 80’s. I often keep working on material after declaring a piece ‘finished’ if it seems there is more to discover; and with the advent of multi-track video editing I can literally recycle work as variations-on-a-theme in the manner of J. S. Bach. Ruffled Feathers is such a work: as a variation of my first seagull piece I look forward to exhibiting these two works as dual wall installations (sound or silent) in a gallery context.