The Mackintosh Building, June 2012
Five video installations within one of the balcony spaces of The Mackintosh Building. One of the installations used live-feed video, the others used short snippets from video recorded using a mobile phone in public spaces (glitchy, pixelated videos from 2012 tech).
Installation photo of viewer within the Degree Show installation space.
Face, 2012. White plinth with peephole in the top. Inside the plinth a monitor can be seen. Materials: MDF, monitor, two live-feed cameras. The monitor inside the plinth shows live footage that alternates between the two camera angles.
Face, 2012. View inside the plinth to the monitor while it is showing live video of the participant as they look into the plinth.
Face, 2012. View inside the plinth to the monitor while it is showing live video of the participant from a close-up angle while they look into the plinth. (In this case, the camera taking the photograph obscures the face).
Eye, 2012. White plinth with peephole in the top. Inside the plinth a mobile phone screen can be seen through a slightly reflective plaster channel. Materials: MDF, plaster, mobile phone screen. Duration: 9 seconds, looped.
Eye, 2012. View inside the plinth, through the slightly reflective plaster channel, to the video screen. The pixelated video shows a stranger’s eye, which looks around and then makes contact with the camera lens (and therefore, viewer).
Yawn, 2012. A pixelated video showing a woman yawning was installed high up, behind the gallery wall, through a circular cut-out. Materials: MDF, mobile phone screen. Duration: 9 seconds, looped.
Yawn, 2012. Video still.
Nose, 2012. The corner of the gallery space has been partially screened off by a narrow strip of painted MDF. Through the gap along the left edge a mobile phone can be viewed. Materials: MDF, timber, mobile phone screen. Duration: 28 seconds, looped.
Nose, 2012. Video still. The video shows a pixelated close-up of a stranger as they pick their nose.
Crack, 2012. A pixelated video showing a man sitting on grass and leaning forward, revealing the groove between his buttocks. Installed below the gallery floor to be viewed by crouching down and looking between the gap in the floorboards. Materials: timber, mobile phone screen. Duration: 12 seconds, looped.
Emma Reid’s show looks minimal in the extreme, but in fact her cunningly placed cameras and tiny screens give us cheeky little insights into the most human of behaviours.
SUSAN MANSFIELD, THE SCOTSMAN, Visual art review: GSA Degree Show|GSA MFA Degree Show, JUNE 14TH 2012