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Project

Hijacked

A month-long installation by Duke filmmaking professor Shambhavi Kaul allows her to create a more immersive experience of her 15-minute video loop that distills the essence of "airplane space."

Project Date: August 20 to September 20, 2018

About the Work

Hijacked is a moving image work created in 2017. It is concerned with airplane space and has a “noise music” soundtrack that evokes the soundscape inside an airplane. It premiered at Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai, and has been installed in gallery settings as a video loop as well as screened at film festivals and other venues. Here it will be presented as a 15-minute loop.

This installation will be an opportunity for Kaul to experiment with new modes for both the picture and sound components of her work. For the picture, she will be experimenting with rear projection on an acrylic sheet to create the effect of an image suspended in void/space. Moreover, given the various windows of the Ruby, she hopes the suspended image will be visible from the outside of the room, becoming a layer of the architecture. For the sound, she will remix the current stereo track as a 5.1 surround soundtrack and install it in a manner that will create an immersive environment.

In the Ruby, Hijacked follows an installation by Kaul of a set of photographs that are related to this body of work on airplanes—a connection she hopes will be fruitful.

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About the Artist

Shambhavi Kaul has exhibited her work worldwide at such venues as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlinale, The New York Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, and Experimenta Bangalore. Her work was featured in the 10th Shanghai Biennale, and she has presented two solo shows at Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai. She was born in Jodhpur India, and lives in the United States, where she is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Filmmaking in the Art, Art History & Visual Studies department at Duke University.

Photograph courtesy of the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai.

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