#Video Art
Thu.18 / 13:50 - 15:00
Fri.19 / 20:35 - 21:40
Sat.20 / 10:00 - 11:00
Sun.21 / 18:15 - 19:20
2nd Floor

“Give Them Distance” explores how we comprehend the cosmos and our place within it. Created from hundreds of slides discarded by a university Earth and Planetary Science department, the looped video animates a journey from Earth, through the solar system and space, returning to our planet via fallen meteorites. Juxtaposed with the cycling slide images, droning and degraded audio captured from Walt Disney’s 1979 super-8 sci-fi film “The Black Hole” provides a hypnotic rhythm. “Give them Distance” considers the idea that we have come to know the collectively-imagined cosmos through photomedia and sci-fi films. In this piece, outmoded visual and audio representations of earth and space reveal a cultural and material patina. The video, through its coupling of an unavoidable wearing down with cosmic expanse, attempts to point to the paradoxical coexistence of entropy and the infinite.

Duration: 03’04”

Rebecca Najdowski (US)

Rebecca Najdowski is a visual artist and writer. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil. From 2013-2015 she was the first Artist Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, where her work is now part of the collection. Her practice is multifaceted and includes video, camera-less analogue photograms, sculptural light installations, and augmented reality (AR) interventions. These works have been exhibited and screened internationally throughout the United States, and in England, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Colombia, and Australia. Rebecca has been an artist-in-residence at the Institute for Electronic Art at Alfred University, New York, and at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and her writing on art has appeared in,,, and She currently lives in Melbourne where she is an Associate Lecturer in Photography at RMIT University and is undertaking a PhD in Visual Art where she investigates the materiality of photomedia and the complicated ways perception of nature and the notion of landscape are entangled with photomedia.