The Hotel Room Oracles

The Hotel Room Oracles | 2015

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AREA STUDIES | 2010

  • Ending/Sorrow, 2010          read more …

    Video group Area Studies, 2010, 8:56 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

    Collaboration with Manuel Frattini.

     

    A man weeps against a backdrop of colored paper toys.

     

    Concept, Direction, Editing: Mia Bailey

    Concept, Backdrop: Manuel Frattini

    Camera: Bruno Chansou

    Actor: Pierre-Loic Montfroy

  • Ending/Wheel, 2010          read more …

    Video group Area Studies, 2010, 4:25 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

    Collaboration with Manuel Frattini.

     

    A wheel of collaged paper turns faster and faster until its colors fade to white.

     

    Concept, Direction, Editing: Mia Bailey

    Concept, Object: Manuel Frattini

    Camera: Bruno Chansou

  • Germany, 2010          read more …

    Video group Area Studies, 2010, 9:07 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

    Collaboration with Manuel Frattini.

     

    Two men sit opposite each other, reciting lists. One is a list of products available in German supermarkets, the other a list of translated German philosophical terms from an English Hegel glossary.

     

    Concept, Direction, Editing: Mia Bailey

    Concept: Manuel Frattini

    Camera: Bruno Chansou

    Actors: Manuel Frattini, Marty Hiatt

  • Uncovering, 2010          read more …

    Video group Area Studies, 2010, 9:10 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

    Collaboration with Manuel Frattini.

     

    A woman’s voice speaks of apocalyptic events in an unknown location. The close up of a spinning paper wheel shows that its center remains in focus even when the rest of the disc blurs.

     

    Concept, Direction, Text, Editing: Mia Bailey

    Concept, Object: Manuel Frattini

    Camera: Bruno Chansou

    Voice: Mia Bailey

SIGHTED | 2009

  • Attic, 2009          read more …

    Video group Sighted, 2009, 11:14 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, no sound.

     

    The legs of a woman wearing red stockings are seen as she sorts assorted colored papers scattered upon the floor, moving the papers from one place to the next to create different fields of flat color.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Kendra Walsh

  • Colorblind, 2009          read more …

    Video group Sighted, 2009, 7:01 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    A man whose face is partially colored as we view him through red glass, and whose eyes are obscured by a band of blue, tells of a woman he once knew, whom he discovered was colorblind.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Peter Jecklin

  • Darkroom, 2009          read more …

    Video group Sighted, 2009, 8:08 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    A man walks back and forth, distorted for the viewer by a concave lens in front of the camera. He explains the double meaning of the word darkroom: a place to develop photographs, and a back room used for anonymous sexual encounters.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Peter Jecklin

  • Poco de las, 2009          read more …

    Video group Sighted, 2009, 4:00 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    Three musicians, veiled in red burkas without eyeholes, leaving them without sight, intone the traditional Spanish-Sephardic marriage song, with the refrain “Poco le das”, meaning, “You Give too Little.”

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Musicians: Vox Suavis (Ana Arnaz, Baptiste Romain, Tobie Miller)

  • Circling, 2009          read more …

    Video group Sighted, 2009, 6:13 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    A man whose eyes are held shut by a pair of hands with red-polished nails tells about a woman he once knew who turned a block of flats into a lighthouse.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Peter Jecklin

POLAR | 2008

  • Transfusion, 2008          read more …

    Video group Polar, 2008, 22:40 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    Two figures in balaclavas fill syringes with blood-red liquid from the plastic reservoirs that line the wall behind them. They inject themselves, and a third masked figure who sits between them, singing Count Orlofsky’s aria from Strauss’ opera Die Fledermaus.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Mezzosoprano: Denise Seyhan

    Actors: Valentin Hennig, Oleg Schatjajew,

  • Breathing, 2008          read more …

    Video group Polar, 2008, 3:20 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    Against a red and blue background, two plastic bags in the guise of lungs inflate and deflate at regular intervals. Between them, a metronome keeps time.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Assistance: Christian Kurth

  • Dissidence, 2008          read more …

    Video group Polar, 2008, 36:22 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, no sound.

     

    Figures in bird masks enact a choreography of power change. Blue-robed birds are joined by a blue-robed king. They are gradually replaced by yellow-clad birds who usher in a red-robed king. They in turn are replaced by the blue birds with the blue-robed king, etc.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actors: Samantha Bohatsch, Wolfgang Rempfer, Jeanne Sapel, Hanna Thaler, Matthias Ullrich.

  • Eclipse, 2008          read more …

    Video group Polar, 2008, 3:39 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, no sound.

     

    A light bulb in the aureole of a white lampshade stands against a red background. Slowly, a black object moves into the frame and past the light bulb, momentarily obscuring the light and creating an image reminiscent of a solar eclipse.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

  • Hatchling, 2008          read more …

    Video group Polar, 2008, 12:30 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    Two opera singers wearing yellow balaclavas repeatedly sing the first bars of Papageno’s duet from Mozart’s Magic Flute. To their left, a similar figure repeatedly spits out eggs into a gloved hand, on their right a hand slowly deposits eggs into the frame.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

     

    Mezzosoprano: Denise Seyhan,

    Baritone: Philipp Schädel

    Actor: Heloise Herz

  • Birdteeth, 2008          read more …

    Video group Polar, 2008, 9:57 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    A pair of hands in white latex gloves pierce an egg with a needle and take its shell apart with tweezers, only to find that it has no content. Each new egg that is dissected is revealed as empty. The eggshells pile up at the front of the frame.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

  • Capture, 2008          read more …

    Video group Polar, 2008, 4:31 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    A choir’s members are divided into singers wearing blue, and singers wearing pink full–body protection suits. They sing the chorus of the Hebrews from Verdi’s opera Nabucco, where captured prisoners dream of returning to their homeland.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

     

    Choir: CoroPiccolo directed by Christian-Markus Raiser

    Piano: Cornelia Gegenbach

    Assistance: Oleg Schatjajew

FLIGHT | 2007

  • Waiting for the Enemy, 2007          read more …

    Video group Flight, 2007, 19:52 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, no sound.

     

    Five men wearing gas masks and white protective clothing huddle together in a cramped space The frame is divided by a wall, around which the men gather, alternating from one side to the other. They wait and listen for something which never appears.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actors: Adrian Florea, Oleg Schatjajew, Thomas Schlereth, Kay Treysse,

    Matthias Ullrich

  • Girly, 2007 (monitor 1)          read more …

    Video group Flight, 2007, 13:01 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, no sound.

     

    A group of five women, completely veiled in traditional burkas, gather against a green backdrop. The women exit the frame one at a time, only to re-enter shortly again; those remaining group and regroup accordingly.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actors: Christine Hitzblech, Tereza Kuf, Katia Rendler, Jeanne Sapel,

    Suzanne Warscheid

  • Girly, 2007 (monitor 2)          read more …

    Video group Flight, 2007, 14:04 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    Five pairs of hands in colorful washing-up gloves lubricate motorized toy airplanes with a glutinous, creamy substance. The planes are then repeatedly inserted into purple latex openings in the grey background surface. The sound is provided by the motorized propellers of the toy airplanes.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actors: Christine Hitzblech, Tereza Kuf, Katia Rendler, Jeanne Sapel, Suzanne Warscheid

  • Saline, 2007 (monitor 1)          read more …

    Video group Flight, 2007, 9:38 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, no sound.

     

    A mummified body lies on a background of geometric color planes. Two pairs of white gloved hands appear in the picture, and  pack the body in coarse salt. Gradually, the cotton bands of the mummified body are rendered invisible by an increasing mass of salt.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actors: Wolfgang Rempfer, Jeanne Sapel. Matthias Ullrich

  • Saline, 2007 (monitor 2)          read more …

    Video group Flight, 2007, 9:42 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, sound.

     

    On a backdrop of horizontal color planes, tin wind-up pecking birds are placed on the surface by a white gloved hand. Each bird is wound up only once, pecks for a short time, then stops.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Wolfgang Rempfer

  • Mobile, 2007 (monitor 1)          read more …

    Video group Flight, 2007, 11:37 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, no sound.

     

    A blue budgerigar in a white birdcage on wheels is pulled from one side of the frame to the other by straps attached to either side of the cage. The movement ranges from slow to dangerously rough.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

  • Mobile, 2007 (monitor 2)          read more …

    Video group Flight, 2007, 6:34 minutes, HDV 16:9, color, no sound.

     

    In close-up against a blue background, a pair of hands in white latex gloves carefully wrap a dead blue budgerigar in a transparent plastic film.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Jeanne Sapel.

VIDEOS  2006

  • Hidden, 2006          read more …

    23:42 min, DV 4:3, color, sound.

     

    A documentary video in which German art students speak about what they imagine might occur at the moment of death. Those interviewed are filmed lying down, in profile, recalling the position of corpses laid out in a morgue. Each segment of a person speaking alternates with an image of their hands upon their chests, and the visible motion of their breathing.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    With (in order of appearance): Sanne Pawelzyk, Lukas Baden, Antoanetta Marinov, Elisabeth Roth,

    David Heitz, Veronica Rettich, Johannes Hartmann, Verena Klary, Ralf Wirz, Sebastian Baden,

    Doro Amend, Tim Ernst, Lisa Kränzler.

  • Beneath, 2006 (monitor 1)          read more …

    5:00 min, DV 4:3, color, sound.

     

    Two pairs of hands, male and female, entirely bound in masking tape, tear this artificial skin off one another. As layer upon layer of tape are removed, parts of the human skin beneath gradually become visible.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actors: Bruno Chansou, Joelle Seychaud

  • Beneath, 2006 (monitor 2)          read more …

    5:00 min, DV 4:3, color, sound.

     

    The faces of the man and woman from monitor 1 are covered almost beyond recognition with masking tape, and are seen from above. The movement of their repeated attempts at intimacy pushes together an increasing mass of tape, beneath which their facial features are lost.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Bruno Chansou, Joelle Seychaud

  • Seeing, 2006          read more …

    5:40 min, DV 4:3, color, no sound.

     

    The artist, with pupils rendered invisible by white lenses, responds in slow motion to an interlocutor whom we do not see. The video runs soundlessly and the content of the conversation remains unknown to the viewer.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Mia Bailey

VIDEOS  2005

  • Cutting Lilies/Repairing Lilies, 2005 (monitor 1)          read more …

    52:00 min, DV 4:3, color, no sound.

     

    A man whose right index and middle fingers are severed at the knuckle is holding a razor blade between his thumb and remaining fingers, and cutting open budding lilies. Once he has dissected the flowers, he lays out the flower parts to his left: pollen stems, pistils, large white petals, smaller scarlet petals, all in orderly rows.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Hasso Giesebrecht

  • Cutting Lilies/Repairing Lilies, 2005 (monitor 2)          read more …

    19:00 min, DV 4:3, color, no sound.

     

    A man with unscarred hands sits at a table facing the pile of dissected lilies left by his predecessor on monitor 1.Working hurriedly, the man uses yellow masking tape to reassemble petals and pollen stems from the pile into makeshift flowers. The carefully aligned botanical parts are scattered in the course of his work, and the petals fall from his hands as he attempts to reaffix them.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: Frowin Keller

  • Circulation, 2005 (monitor 1)          read more …

    25:00 min, DV 4:3, color, no sound.

     

    A woman presses white liquid from the makeshift udders sewn into her red dress. The “milk” brought into circulation by her pumping gradually fills the assortment of drinking glasses on the table before her.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: anonymous

  • Circulation, 2005 (monitor 2)          read more …

    23:00 min, DV 4:3, color, no sound.

     

    A man “milks” the latex gloves filled with white fluid sewn into his dinner suit. The liquid brought into circulation by his pressing gradually fills the assortment of drinking glasses on the table before him.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actor: anonymous

  • Circulation, 2005 (monitor 3)          read more …

    23:00 min, DV 4:3, color, no sound.

     

    The guests of a cocktail-party gathering relieve each other of white liquid by squeezing and pumping the latex udders on each other’s suits and dresses, ensuring the “milk’s” circulation.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey

    Actors: anonymous

  • Circulation, 2005 (monitor 4)          read more …

    2005, 13:00 min, DV 4:3, color, sound.

     

    Glasses and glass containers are filled with an increasing shower of „milk“ dripping down from an invisible source, flooding the table they are standing on. Monitor 4 provides the sound for the entire installation.

     

    Concept, direction, backdrop, camera and editing: Mia Bailey