States Of Mind

Merilyn Fairskye 

Exhibition Dates
15 February - 10 March 2007

States of Mind was a multi-channel video installation that engaged with the contemporary world of global networks and connectivity explored in Fairskye's earlier works.

Overview

States of Mind was a multi-channel video installation that engaged with the contemporary world of global networks and connectivity explored in Fairskye's earlier works. The images were captured at Charles de Gaulle, Darwin, Dubai, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, JFK, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Pudong, Singapore, Sofia, Sydney and Vienna airports through 2004-05. Passing in and out of frame, anonymous figures rush past, lost in space and thought. The images appear as if hovering in space, transparent and opaque at the same time.

 

While States of Mind contains footage of airports and records the voices of people found there, it was not an investigative or ethnographic documentary as nothing specific is revealed. The aim was to achieve a sense of things rather than a direct account or story. In this work the ‘present' is thus continuous and coexistent with the past, in a perpetual state of becoming and vanishing.

Merilyn Fairskye, 'States of Mind', installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2007