The Pulse of Madame K is a four-screen projection piece of hand-printed video and watercolour. This was most recently shown at Interregnum in Newcastle in September 2007.
The Pulse Of Madame K marked a development in my practice, which had previously been mostly concerned with sweet words, interruptions and the value of love. New themes- the operation of invisible structures, techniques of observing and their relationships with memory became fore-grounded. This encouraged me to experiment with new media including the moving image, particularly it’s nineteenth-century beginnings and it’s flickering illusions.
Using Eadward Muybridge’s ‘Woman Walking With A Fan’ as source material, I directed a performance to camera. The recorded material was then passed through a Victorian photographic process before being hand water-coloured, digitally reanimated and edited. The final piece suggests the eye as it first looked on the modern body as it moved, referencing both the past of the cabinet of delights, and the future of a highly-mediated relationship with the gaze.
You can see an extract of the single-channel version of ‘The Pulse of Madame K’ at http://vimeo.com/49308507