Je Ne Sais Plus [What Is This Feeling] 2012
An obstacle course between the heart and the doctor’s office leads to [DESTINY.] Playing her tower of projectors to the timing of a prerecorded soundtrack that pivots around international versions of “You Don’t Own Me,” Kristin Reeves meditates on the materiality of the body and the struggle to achieve personal sovereignty within its bounds. Built on 27, 10-second 16mm film loops constructed from optically printed found footage and direct laser animation techniques. "Je Ne Sais Plus" is Lesley Gore's French version of "You Don't Own Me." The translation of je ne sais plus is I don't know what I once new, or I don't know anymore. What is this feeling?
Nine 16mm projectors are arranged in a grid, each projecting a 10-second film loop. The loops are changed in sync with the prerecorded sound score. The task becomes one of endurance, precision, and improvisation.
The installation is interactive. Five international record singles of You Don't Own Me are available to the audience who start and stop the nine-projector grid. Performances are scheduled throughout the duration of the installation. The listening station transforms into seats for the audience.
Installation detail of nine-projector 10-second looping composition
1min. video documentation of nine 16mm film loop as installation with the soundtrack composed from the musical interludes within the five international versions of You Don't Own Me. The full versions are available to the gallery audience.