Indiana University

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The Music of John Gibson

Elements

Fixed media, video and 5.1 surround sound

Video by Arthur Liou, Professor in the Indiana University School of Fine Art.


Excerpt of Elements.

Elements is from “Blood Work,” a series of high-definition video art works by Arthur Liou. The video depicts in abstract form the struggle of his young daughter with leukemia, presenting a metaphor for illness and recovery. The images comprise stop-motion animation of painted surfaces and tiny particle-generated renderings of the girl's body. The sound evolves slowly and complements the images, striking a tone that is sometimes quietly disturbing, other times unabashedly transcendent. The vocal source material was provided by the Lebanese soprano, Reem Deeb. Much of the sound comes from ten seconds of vocal melody.

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