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Dingbox

Aoibheann Greenan


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https://vimeo.com/500073425/b29042224c

Artist's biography

Aoibheann Greenan

Contributors

Dominic Kennedy- Sound design

Synopsis

Dingbox (2020) by Aoibheann Greenan draws on the internet phenomenon of unboxing videos, pushing the format’s haptic qualities to elicit its strangely seductive power. Dingbox performs the unboxing dynamic as burlesque, stretching the narrative structure to its logical extreme. The film loops indefinitely, mimicking the cycle of production- consumption built on hidden labor and discarded waste.

Concept & Technique

Dingbox was made with a single viewer on a laptop/phone screen in mind and treats the latter as a proscenium through which the flow of events unfold. The work seeks to amplify the haptic, affective, dramaturgical and sculptural quality of unboxing videos. While the camera remains mostly static, the elaborately constructed box becomes a ‘moving image’ in itself. Greenscreen inserts allow for subtle digital tweaks, creating ambiguous oscillations between surface and depth. Dingbox draws from the work of early cinema practitioners who embraced the new technology as a means for staging heightened illusions. Unboxing videos share a similar demonstrative mode of address, the viewer is kept partially immersed but always aware of the construction.

Screenings

2021- Aemi Online
2021- Film London Selected Program; Nottingham Contemporary; Spike Island, Bristol; Fabrica, Brighton; Phoenix, Leicester
2021- New Contemporaries; Firstsite, Colchester; South London Gallery

Reading

Details
Title

Dingbox

Year

2020

Genres

Performance, Social Commentary, Surrealist

Topics

Industry, technology

Key phrases

Consumerism

Duration

00:05:09 (looped)

Original formats

Digital 4k

Screening formats

Digital 4K

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland.
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