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Orchid show

2013, HD Video, 13:24 min
A video work that documents the annual orchid show at the New York Botanic Garden. The spectacle is compulsively captured, reproduced and glossed over by visitors. In this video, the camera lurks, observing the observers and capturing the camera within the camera. The raw footage was re-recorded off a monitor, and edited back into the original footage creating a magnification effect. Orchid Show critically observes notions of spectacle, gender and beauty as a query into the staging and imaging of nature. For the audio the sounds of the garden fold into a classical composition for piano by one of the few celebrated female composers of the early 20th century Ruth Crawford Seeger, Kaleidoscopic Changes on an Original Theme, Ending with a Fugue (1924).

A.K. Burns, Orchid Show

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A.K. Burns, Orchid Show

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A.K. Burns, Orchid Show

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A.K. Burns, Orchid Show

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Orchid Show, 2013. HD Video, 13:24 min