Whiteout in AXIS

Whiteout is based on an essay of the same title, originally written for AXIS (a project by Mario de Vega in collaboration with Rosa Menkman, 2019)

Whiteout is inspired by my time during the CERN Collide, our climb of the Brocken and a voyage on board of a ship of the Chilean army to Antartica.

In Whiteout, I tell the story of an exhausting hike during a snowstorm. As we makes our way up the mountain, I experience the loss of physical sensations - leading to an inability to see, hear, or orient myself. The spatial dimensions that were at first seemingly wiped out, seem oversaturated and start to offer themselves in new ways.

What does it mean to navigate a grey, dimensionless space?

To move without visual or auditory references or to physically plot a course when there is no conventional sense of direction or even horizon?

To feel oversaturated, by a lack of anything?





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The sound starting from around minute 9 is from a live performance recording by Mario de Vega.

Some of the footage is also taken by him during our shooting of AX15.

The stroboscopic images are all from the slides of the 2 year colloquium “Resolution Studies”, documented here.

Some images of Whiteout in AX15
(a project w/ Mario de Vega)
(a project w/ Mario de Vega)


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