THE SAME PROBLEM
THE SAME PROBLEM
ongoing since 2009 | collaboration with Aleesa Cohene
Every time he woke up, it was the same problem.
An on-going suite of videos and artworks beginning with The Same Problem 1 (2009) in which a call and response is enacted between found footage of roaring, stormy oceans and a solitary figure whose wailing lament is fashioned from oohs and aahs sampled from pop music. The story continues with The Same Problem 2 (2014), in which our hero reappears as a composite character, whiling away his time at home, frustrated by a message he cannot decipher. A voice from deep in the forest interrupts our hero's reverie, and he ventures forth in search of the source, finding more questions than answers.
The Same Problem 3 (2014) is a scent that seeks to capture the hero's ego struggle combining notes of Brut™ Aftershave, tuberose, and smoked tea, diffused into exhibition spaces and distilled in a fragranced candle. The Same Problem 4 (2014) is a short creative text that draws parallels between the hero's biography to that of German poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke. The text has been exhibited as a fictional curatorial statement on gallery walls and as a small editioned bookwork.
In The Same Problem 5 (2015), commissioned by the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, our hero edges his way through his mounting, unresolved frustrations, day and night. He wanders circles in his castle, he tries to write, he gazes at his gardens but does not enter into them. Playing music does not soothe his soul, rather it appears to be mocking him.
The videos are designed for projection on screens of varying shapes and dimensions.
THE SAME PROBLEM 1, 2009
THE SAME PROBLEM 5, 2014