Pele's Umbilicus

2011, 8:09 min, color, sound

First presented at The Mission for Temporal Art (Marshall, North Carolina), this video and sound piece creates an electric landscape that flickers between decay and illumination. Part of a series of videos composed with LoVid's handmade analog synthesizer, Pele's Umbilicus creates a hypnotic illusion of traveling into flickering geometries and simultaneously forces an awareness of the screen's planar materiality. Color and motion, in play with static figures in black and white, are set in explosive tension with one another in the final moments of the video, where the intensification of rhythm and a frenetic overlap of color and emptiness effect a totality of saturated incomprehensibility.