Hiraki Sawa
In the film 'Dwelling' computer animation has been used to miniaturise a fleet of aeroplanes to the extent that the average house provides sufficient airspace. The jets glide effortlessly around the residence, launching and landing from any available surface; the gentle hum of the engines adds to this hallucinatory spectacle. The significance of 'Dwelling' lies partly in the introduction of motion to the process of miniaturisation – movement gives the world of fantasy a greater sense of reality, as if a computer game has come to life. Dwelling also illuminates the relationship between scale and distance, evoking the childhood game whereby massive objects in the distance are measured between forefinger and thumb. 'Dwelling' reminds us that our everyday experience of aeroplanes is not of their gargantuan proportions, but rather of their distant miniaturisation: tiny specks in the sky no bigger than birds.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 9 minutes 20seconds
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  • Material description: DVD
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC1/2003

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This artwork was chosen by women of Colchester to feature in Firstsite’s Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition, Tell me the story of all these things.


Reflecting upon the work, members of the group commented: “…seems to me both funny and sad as it seems to show a huge degree of loneliness, in that he had time alone in his very empty flat to make this film and yet it is so clever the way the planes tilt as they take off and land."


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