Gift of Cynthia Griffin, 2016.3

All Things Being Equal

October 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Sam Jury, English, 2009, 11:58 min.

Throughout her career, British artist Sam Jury has focused her attention on the psychological impact of film and how ubiquity shapes our understanding of self and society. All Things Being Equal is a looped video that explores the notion of suspended trauma; the idea that dramatic and traumatic incidents from the past are continually repeated and replayed, no longer just as personal memories but also vicariously through the ever-expanding shared experience of mass media depiction. In both, the document is detached from its original time and place. It perpetually hangs in the conscience, seemingly without conclusion. All Things Being Equal depicts the repetitive movements of a figure in confinement, beleaguered by water: an element that is both destructive and sustaining. Here the water moves almost as an independent agency, and the figure is neither suffocating nor surviving.