37. Cosa è il video per me

Ciao, condivido con voi questo testo scritto in occasione della mostra ancora in corso alla Gallery Project ad Ann Arbor (USA) in cui è in mostra una videoinstallazione dei miei video dello ‘slowly project’. Ho scritto il testo a caldo, appena finito il montaggio del video newyorkese, e desidero condividerlo con voi, perché sono le radici del senso che dò oggi ai miei video (o, come lo chiamano in Usa, è un ‘artist statement’), e ne sono anche un po’ orgogliosa! …
“I  consider my videos like paintings, books and sculptures.
I carve them, beginning with hours and hours of shootings as they were a huge marble stock, cutting and selecting piece after piece in order to obtain the final shape.
I paint every single second of the video, deciding colors and combining sequences, in order to arrive to the final pattern.
I write the chapters and the scenes as a story, where I give a sense to each step following the other.
And I mix the music with the intent to give voice to the whole levels of lecture implicit in the work.
I use only original shootings taken during my performances. No studio shootings or actor interactions are used to edit my videos. What is shown is part of what ‘really’ happened and it’s chance one of the main hero of the work.
I consider my videos as portraits of a specific society, city, country, because everything that happens reflects the identity of the place. Each video is completely different from the other, even when it’s made from the same performance in different locations. Seeing the differences of the videos it’s a way to investigate the differences of the places.
I’d like that people consider the video as a poetry, catching the emotions and the concepts that there are inside.
I’d also like that people reflect upon how difficult is to perform perfectly in ‘slow motion’, controlling each muscle movements not to go faster, for hours and hours in the same day. I consider ‘taking our time’ in life and society as difficult as this performance but, nevertheless, necessary. “
Liuba,  March 30, 2011

36. The Slowly Project at the Gallery Project!

Hello everybody,
I am very happy to announce the exhibition of my “Slowly Project” videos
in the show: “ Unhooked from Time” at Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


The New York video is just finished, after many years of perfomances and editing! I am very excited about it!
If you are around in Michigan wishing to see it, you find all the informations below …


Unhooked from Time
April 6 – May 15
Opening Reception:Friday, April 8, from 6-9pm.


Gallery Project presents Unhooked from Time, a multimedia exhibit in which 28 local, regional and national artists examine how we have lost our sense of the cycles of nature, and how we have artificially hooked ourselves to linear digital time.
The exhibit opens on Wednesday, April 6 and runs through Sunday, May 15.  The opening reception is Friday, April 8 from 6-9.


Virtually everything we do is time based, scheduled and driven by time.  Jobs are 9 to 5.  Many work 24/7. Activities begin and end by the clock. We take a two-week vacation, rent a cottage and a car by the week, and reserve courts and sports equipment by the hour. The wealthy complain about being time poor.  We go to the dentist at 8 am, car repair at noon, gym at 5pm, dinner reservations at 8pm, keeping an eye on the clock.
The exhibit seeks to comprehend and express our loss, as we find ourselves separated from the deeper context of time’s referent: the great primordial cycles in which we humans and all of nature are embedded.  It considers human respond to the loss of relationship to real time, how we keep track of and use time to find meaning, comfort, a sense of control in our digitized lives.  It looks at current and past experiences and expressions of time.  It looks at cultural differences in relating to time.  It explores other time-based systems, past, current, and imagined.  And it looks at the ways in which we unhook ourselves from the strictures, and perhaps the comforts, of being on time, in time, timely.  It depicts what we might discover and construct in the expanse beyond our tight current sense of time.  This exploration includes the imagined realms; nothing comes through time into spatial being unless it can be imagined.
Ultimately, this exhibition, Unhooked from Time, seeks to depict the dilemma and comfort of being hooked to our current time system, the processes of unhooking, and the possibilities beyond.  It asks, “How does an artist know and express time, enter and release from time, both in its demanding presence and in its unknowable timelessness?
Contributors include: Michael Arrigo, Carolyn Reed Barritt, Jennilie Brewster, Caleb Charland, Rocco DePietro, Diane Farris, Brent Fogt, Nicole Gordon, Cynthia Greig, Katie Halton,Charles Javremovic, Joe Johnson, Andy Jones, Melissa Jones, Mark Kersey, Chris Koelsch, Vijay Kumar, LIUBA, Ginny Maki,  Joe Meiser, Renata Palubinskas, Gloria Pritschet, Colin Raymond, Meghan Reynard, Gary Setzer, Joshua Smith, Andrew Thompson, and Scott Wagner.
The exhibit is curated by Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet, co-founders and co-directors of Gallery Project.


215 South 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Spring/Summer Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon-9p; Sunday, noon-4p. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Spring/Summer hours start, April 6.




The Slowly Project