The thematic basis of Monologues: A Meditation In 3 Movements was to create an over-arcing exploration of media-based perception. The work was constructed through 3 singular formats – video, web, and print. Each format could be experienced on their own but was also meant to reference each other.
24 images – printed media on 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″ wood stretchers – were placed at various positions on a wall during the exhibition at Galerie Sharon Ramsay, Montreal, Canada, 2008.
Some images were paired together, others in groups of 3 or 4 and some remained singular. The intent was to explore how an image has a singular narrative – a monologue, but grouped together, the narrative changes based on the image’s content and context, in turn creating dialogues (paired as two), or as conversations, with groups of 3 or more.
The web-Based portion of Monologues: A Meditation In 3 Movement involved six interactive videos entitled: the Bird, the Wall, the Gaze, the Robots, Snow Tracks and the Tunnel. Each video was made up of a grid of four identical segments. Visitors to the site could trigger any of the four segments individually and in any sequential order.
Even though all segments to each video were identical, the process of triggering each segment at varied starting points, created an experience of the video appearing to offer alternative perspectives – monologues becoming dialogues and finally into a conversation.
The video Monologues: A Meditation In 3 Movements continues to explore the same conceptual ideas presented in the Web version. The video is broken up by 3 video sequences: the Bird, the Bike and the Tunnel. With the exception of the Bike, the video sequences are made up of a grid of 4. The Bike plays out as a single image.
What differentiates the video version to that of both the print and web versions, is the introduction of an audio track, creating in a sense the fifth layer, in relationship to the quad grid play. The audio was generated by an ambient tone generator developed by Stephan Wolfram.
Monologues: A Meditation In 3 Movements, John Naccarato, analogue video format, 5’39″, 2008.
The Print, Web and Video Versions Exhibited:
John, Shereen & Emily Rose, Galerie Sharon Ramsay, Monologues: a Meditation in 3 Movements (Video, Print Media and Web-Based work), Montreal, Canada, 2008
The Video Version Exhibited:
16th EICV Video Awards | (Video Screening) Monologues: a Meditation in 3 Movements (2007 / 5’ 40”), Montreal, Canada, 2007