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Nada Gambier - Mechanics of emotion

zat 14/12/2013 - 16:00 > 20:00

Mechanics of emotion is a series of video installations: A Portrait, Spectator and The weight of invisible pain. The project, composed of three independent and yet connected parts, is a study on the different ways that emotions are manifested.

Mechanics of emotion
is at times a very abstract work and at others a visualization of complex social interactions. The work develops (through the three parts) from a zoom in on Nada’s face to a zoom out on a group of anonymous people, from being rather abstract and physical to having more of a narrative flavor. In the third part the physical presence of a body has been replaced by traces of thoughts and experiences that may or may not be fictional.

A Portrait:
A Portrait is a zoom in on Nada’s face. By tending to the face as flesh that moves, as textured material, the work explores how abstract a human face can become and to what extent emotion still seeps through. In A Portrait emotion appears as a side effect of the physical manipulation of the face, often remaining in an in-between state where the expression of the face does not immediately reflect a state of mind.

The face becomes like a live canvas with an emotional charge that is at once both graceful and grotesque. Emotion appears as a side effect of the physical manipulation of the face, often remaining in an in-between state where the expression of the face does not immediately reflect a state of mind. The face becomes like a live canvas with an emotional charge that is at once both graceful and grotesque.

Filmed, performed and edited by Nada Gambier


Spectator:
In this work Nada observes the contrast between “fake” (acted) emotions and traces of feeling appearing involuntarily in the face. Spectator consists of silent portraits of volunteers in which acted emotions are juxtaposed with “real” emotions, most often when the awareness of being watched disappears. The volunteers are filmed doing specific tasks in relation to presence (going through a series of acted emotions and set actions) but also in- between tasks, moments when the “actors” forget or don’t know that they are being filmed.

In Spectator
Nada wants to reveal how sometimes, if one looks closely, the traces from the past that are left on the surface of our skin speak very loud. Through this work Nada shares her passion for observing people, their appearance, attitude and actions, trying to grasp that which lies within, almost invisible to the eye.

Made by Nada Gambier
With the assistance of Charlotte Vanden Eynde
Starring: Coralie Stalberg, Yves Delattre, Ine Pieters, Mariano Cirone, Jonas Chéreau, Jef Stevens, Beja Pingnet, Myriam Vancraeynest, Patricia Fernandez, Ivan Fatjo Chaves, Estelle Delcambre, Louise Baduel and Anna Whaley


The weight of invisible pain focuses on the confrontation between comfort and violence, love and abuse in the private and public environment. It is about the violence that occurs behind closed doors, be it the doors of our homes or the doors of our inner selves. It is about the violence we commit towards each other and ourselves when we think nobody is watching. It is about the complexity of emotions related to our relationship to others and ourselves in the quotidian, how sometimes we are forced to hover between being present and absent, being here or disappearing.
Through the seeming banality of the material a feeling of discomfort seeps through.

Text, photos and composition: Nada Gambier
Editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Editing assistant: Thomas Depas

Mechanics of emotion:
Production: Action Scenique
With the support of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap en Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats.