Pauline Shongov: (Parenthesis)

work by pauline shongov

(Parenthesis) (2015), 12-hour video projection.

The body is . . . as it were centered between two machines that are the opening and closing of a parenthesis.

~ Rosalind Krauss

(Parenthesis), an exhibit by Pauline Shongov (B.F.A. '18) features a 12-hour video installation piece that questions private and public space, resists the moving image as a narrative form, blurring the line between reality and fiction, and redefines voyeurism as a poetic habit of witnessing and documenting the ritualistic. The video is a resistance to time, pacing the viewer to the rhythm of the everyday. This insistence on the ordinary renders the familiar unfamiliar. The camera as the eye-plane that both surveils and censors material gravitates to an aesthetic of the moving still-image and also perverts architecture from an object of touristic intrigue into a framing device, a mirror double to the camera lens. The video becomes less about people as subjects and more about the dialogue between the window and the camera lens.