Miranda Bellamy is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in New Zealand. Her versatile work critically reflects on expectation, doom and our growing sense of (dis)location. By juxtaposing our saturated image terrain with natural and artificial processes and objects, the artist allows the spectator to traverse mediums and contexts. In her changing practise there is one common thread: to confront us with the current socio-ecological reality that threatens and deteriorates our existence.
List of screened videographic work
Avail (2011) – New Zealand – 12min24sec
As if looking through a microscope the spectator is drawn to mesmerizing colour-changing processes taking place on the surface of a soap bubble. Waves of blue, orange and red swirl right and left, up and down carrying our thoughts to the bigger picture: a series of climatological events. When looking at the ephemeral bubbles, radiating a sort of heat, one can only think of the rapid changing of our environment, slowly pushing us to the brink of perishment.
Meme (2011) – New Zealand – 24sec (looped) – Digital video and sound
Akin to a kinetic photograph rythmically displaying the vibrant night activity around the drive-in of a McDonalds. The endless loop of going in and out represents the emptiness of mass-consumerism and its devestating effects for our socio-ecological infrastructure.
Carte Blanche (2011) – New Zealand – 1min5sec (looped)- Digital video and sound
A maquette airplane is, in a meditative flow, perpetually descending in a New Zealand native forest. While the title translates as “total freedom”, the images that follow tell us something different: how can something be both a symbol for progress as for destruction? Reminiscent of the captivating Koyaanitsqi-trilogy, this paradoxical short film shows how freedom gets twisted when environments are being eroded by industry.
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