With Outthurst Arm
Anna Hawkins is an American artist currently based in Montreal. Working primarily with video, her work is concerned with the ways that images, gestures and information are transmitted and transformed online.
Artistic project : With Outthurst Arm
With Outthrust Arm is a video that uses tourist-shot footage of the famed sculpture from antiquity, Laocoön and His Sons which is on permanent display in the Vatican Museum. Found on YouTube, these videos are collaged and combined to create a single-channel work. By cobbling together these varied sources, the piece reconstructs the iconic sculpture based upon the accumulated experiences of the general public.
Through a technique of frame-by-frame masking - digitally cutting out a portion of a moving image frame from its background - one fragment is isolated from every found clip and the sculpture is broken into virtual pieces, each segment animated by the shaking handheld movements of its camera operator.
Audioguide : listen to the artist's reflexion on the theme "Play and Distraction"
© Anna Hawkins