The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

2019

Single channel video installation

– HD Video, stone artefacts

18min.

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The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Installation view at RAW Labs /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Installation view at RAW Labs /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Stone Artefacts /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Stone Artefacts /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Stone Artefacts /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Installation view at RAW Labs /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Installation view at RAW Labs /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Video still /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Video still /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Video still /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Video still /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Video still /The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

The Heaviness of the Weightlessness

Video still/The Heaviness of the Weightlessness





InThe Heaviness of the Weightlessness, Yamada examines a UK cliff known commonly as a site for suicide attempts.

Yamada’s video work aims to depict the cliff as a sympathetic component in stark contrast to its public portrayal and perception.

Through portraying the cliff’s visible damage, she weighs the imaginal pain that the cliff has endured through its natural surroundings, human interaction, and in the process of decay.

Depicting the environment as an emotional counterpart alongside the stones within its formation and in considering the pain with which both the cliff and the jumpers could have felt in their encounter, Yamada attempts to bridge the viewpoints that would otherwise be considered separately.

In encouraging visitors to the exhibition to touch and weigh the stones while viewing the video work, Yamada hopes to depict a sensory exploration of the cliff through its mentality.


With support of: Centre for the Study of Substructured Loss

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