Resilience - 2022 - Filmed performance, 5min20sec. Video and Sound by Marie-Dolma ChophelA pendulum is partially trapped in ice and black ink, enough so it is unable to swing freely as it would normally do, like frozen in space and time. As the ice progressively melts and the ink is washed away, clarity comes and the pendulum regains its freedom of movement. Resilience invites the viewer to reflect on our capacity to overcome obstacles - whether said obstacles come from inner conflicts and/or are impacted by our environment - by facing our fears and the negative narratives that sometimes hold us back. Through honest introspection and by forging inner determination, we may arise beyond the cycles of suffering which are inherent to life, break through impasses and transform obstacles, which then can impact both our life and our environment positively.
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Moving Mountains - 2018 - 5min45sec. Video and Sound by Marie-Dolma Chophel
|"Moving Mountains" is an invitation to focus on the emotional impact of territory and the feelings of belonging and dislocation breathing within us, connecting the viewer to a sense of impermanence and altered perception of space and time. Colored sand pours slowly into this undefined space to reveal peaks and valleys, suggesting landscape curvature. As it spreads and grows into a vibrant network of colliding ramifications, smoky nuances ebb away a few strips of topography and deepen its ground. The soundtrack mixes sacred chants of Tibetan monks with slow breathing and the sounds of pouring sand; a mantra to induce a meditative state of consciousness as the landscape evolves through different states. This video was on view at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA) from October 2018 to May 2019 as part of the Show "Boundless" more infos on the show @ Boundless|