Violet Hour is a visual interpretation of a passage from T.S. Eliot’s epic poem The Wasteland. It is a comment on our collective disassociation from our natural environment and a vision of a mythical world touched vaguely by disaster. The violet hour in Eliot’s poem refers to dusk, the temporal bridge between day and night, a liminal space that evokes a sense of dissociation and anxiety. The video presents a composited view of the San Francisco Bay that has been stripped of its landmarks, horizon line and normal waterway activity. Although boats have been erased from the water’s surface, their disembodied wake patterns appear in the otherwise calm waters. Smoke rises from the empty horizon line as if from some distant explosion and is accompanied by a vaguely menacing sound score. In the final seconds of the video, the landscape above the horizon line is revealed and the sound becomes naturalistic, resolving the image and dispelling the tension of the frame.
Violet Hour is available on NumberF
Single channel video, stereo sound, variable dimensions.
10:44 continuous loop