W O R D S Screening 10pm February 18th, 2012 The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge .
W O R D S is an online installation collaboration of video and sound between Maria Niro who is based in New York, USA and Richard who is based in Bristol, UK. The first installment “Bird” will be screening at The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge .
W O R D S is an evolving moving image collaboration exploring language, cultural context, chance and the nature of online artistic relationships. Entirely remote from one another, the two artists Maria Niro and Richard Broomhall investigate the power of synchronicity in art. The artists never met in person, so they don't know what they look like or sound like.
Each artist takes a turn in proposing a word. Then they are to create a two-minute video with original sound interpreting the proposed word. The work has to be shot in each artist’s lived environment and be a response to said environment. All images and audio must be original. There is no discussion of content or production techniques or direction. Neither watches the others work until both are finished. The videos are then made into a diptych composite, with no tweaking to adjust synchronization, and are then uploaded to the Internet and available for viewing worldwide. The collaboration continues, each Artist both client and creator, remotely communicating only through email, video and sound - neither planning past the next word. They don’t know where the project will go or how it will end only that it is a work in progress.