Wednesday, 16 March 2016

My Song Is Sung - full length version

My Song Is Sung from SJ.Ramir on Vimeo.

SJ.Ramir - Artist CV

Selected screenings: 

2015
In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep… - Rencontres Internationales, Berlin.
Into Daylight – Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland.

2014
In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep… - Rencontres Internationales, Paris.
Our Hands Are Empty - Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic.
No Place To Rest – Melbourne International Film Festival.
Remote – Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland.

2013
Into Daylight - Internationell KonstFilm Utstallning Art Film Biennale, Jonkoping Lans
Museum, Sweden.
No Place To Rest – Edinburgh International Film Festival.
No Place To Rest – New Zealand International Film Festival
No Place To Rest – Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia

2012
Disquiet – Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Departure and Our Voices Are Mute – Forum Des Images, Paris.
Disquiet - European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany.
Departure – Light Cone 30th Anniversary, Pompidou Centre, Paris.
Various films – SJ.Ramir retrospective, The Experiment, Maysles Cinema, New York.

2011
Disquiet – Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia.
Disquiet – New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand.
Cold Clay, Emptiness… - Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic.
Disquiet - Ischia Film Festival, Ischia, Italy.
Disquiet – Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece.

2010
Cold Clay, Emptiness... – 67th Venice International Film Festival, Italy.
Into Daylight – International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Into Daylight – Cork Film Festival, Ireland.
Into Daylight – EX-IS video art festival, Seoul, South Korea.
Our Voices Are Mute – Images Forum Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
Into Daylight – Oslo Screen Festival, Oslo, Norway.

2009
Our Voices Are Mute and Departure - International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Our Voices Are Mute – Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany.
Into Daylight – Edinburgh International Film Festival
Our Voices Are Mute – Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Our Voices Are Mute – Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic.
Our Voices Are Mute and Man Alone – Die Nacht #87, broadcast on Arte TV,
Germany/France.

2008
Departure and Our Voices Are Mute – Athens Video Art Festival, Greece.
Our Voices Are Mute – Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece.
Departure - 700.IS Festival, Egilsstadir, Iceland.
Departure – European Media Art Festival 2008, Osnabruck, Germany.
Our Voices Are Mute, Taupiri – Electrofringe Festival, Newcastle, Australia.

2007
Departure – d/Lux/MediaArts, d/Art07/screen; Chauvel cinema, Sydney and Revelations Film
Festival, Australia.
Departure – Videomedeja, Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Departure – Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece.
Man Alone – Electrofringe Festival, Electroprojections, Newcastle, Australia.

Selected Exhibitions/Shows:

2013
Disquiet - Internationell KonstFilm Utstallning Art Film Biennale, Jonkoping Lans Museum,
Sweden.
(De)composition – Orexart Gallery, The Religious Experience, group show.
(De)composition – Auckland Art Fair, (Orexart Gallery), New Zealand

2012
Disquiet – New Zealand Film Archives, Mediagallery, Wellington.

2011
Cold Clay, Emptiness… - Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2011,
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan.

2010
Our Voices Are Mute – solo screening, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
Our Voices Are Mute – solo screening, Square2 gallery, City Gallery Wellington, NZ.

2009
Our Voices Are Mute and Departure - The Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand.
Journeys… New video art and prints – solo show, Orexart Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

2008
Man Alone and Our Voices Are Mute – The Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney,
Australia.
SJ.Ramir video works 2006-2008 - Internationell KonstFilm Utstallning Art Film Biennale,
Sweden.

2007
Departure – d/Lux media arts exhibition, The Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney,
Australia.

Filmography:

2016
My Song Is Sung, 6:43mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2015
Closer, 3:10 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2014
Our Hands Are Empty, 9:50 mins, colour/black and white, DV, 4:3
In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep…, 5:15 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2013
No Place To Rest, 6:15 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2012
Remote, 31 mins, black and white, HD, 16:9

2011
Disquiet, 8:15 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2010
Cold Clay, Emptiness…, 7:36 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2009
Into Daylight, 5 mins, colour, DV, 16:9 anamorphic
The Passage, 4:05 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2008
Our Voices Are Mute, 4:42 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2007
Taupiri, 2:48 mins, b&w, DV, 4:3
Departure, 3:28 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

2006
Gulf Transmission, 4:40 mins, colour, DV, 4:3
Man Alone, 3:50 mins, colour, DV, 4:3

Friday, 8 January 2016

Stills from My Song Is Sung (2016)

My Song Is Sung (2016) SJ.Ramir

My Song Is Sung (2016) SJ.Ramir

My Song Is Sung (2016) SJ.Ramir

My Song Is Sung (2016) SJ.Ramir

My Song Is Sung (2016) SJ.Ramir

My Song Is Sung (2016) SJ.Ramir


Synopsis:

Post existence: My Song Is Sung examines physical space no longer occupied.







Saturday, 19 December 2015

Artist Statement


"The theme I explore in my video work is that of 'journeys' - both physical and metaphysical. These journeys are dramatised by the movement of anonymous, silhouetted figures through isolated landscapes - alluding to both the isolation of the individual, and isolation of place. Visual distortion in the footage is created by the enhancement of pixels, through the use of custom-made lens filters that are used 'in camera' to produce hazy, distorted images - suggestive of emotional states connected with isolation. 

The journeys made by these silhouetted figures can represent many things; a search for personal identity, nationhood or community. Often structures or houses appear in the distance, and are used as metaphors to represent mankind/society (and the offerings of society; from collective philosophy, values, morals, through to religion) and memories and needs. The figures approach, explore, and ultimately depart these structures. 

The final act of the figures leaving the structures and walking away represents an absolute rejection of what is being offered by mankind/society. It is crucial in my video work that for these wandering figures, no destination or resolution is ever reached, as this reaffirms that the very act and motivation of journeys is about an un-sated longing/quest/desire/need."

– SJ.Ramir






Friday, 17 April 2015

Stills from Closer (2015)

Closer (2015) SJ.Ramir

Closer (2015) SJ.Ramir

Closer (2015) SJ.Ramir



Synopsis:
Drawing on iconic religious imagery, Closer explores the interdependence of human fragility and faith - displaying redemption and transformation in a universal context.





Stills from In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep... (2014)

In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep (2014) SJ.Ramir

In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep (2014) SJ.Ramir

In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep (2014) SJ.Ramir

In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep (2014) SJ.Ramir

In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep (2014) SJ.Ramir

In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep (2014) SJ.Ramir



Synopsis:
“On the morning of my death – just after sunrise, and before my spirit had departed, a mysterious figure entered the house... “ 

In This Valley, My Heart Is Buried Deep, is an experimental narrative that uses a combination of visuals and text. Based on an actual dream, the video explores what it means to belong; connection to the land; connection to a place…





Stills from Our Hands Are Empty (2013)

Our Hands Are Empty (2013) SJ.Ramir

Our Hands Are Empty (2013) SJ.Ramir

Our Hands Are Empty (2013) SJ.Ramir

Our Hands Are Empty (2013) SJ.Ramir

Our Hands Are Empty (2013) SJ.Ramir



Synopsis:
“To understand life is to know that much of it is lived in the dark - there is very little daylight in our understanding or comprehension. To find truth, we need to reach out for it, but most often when we pull our hands back to examine what we have found, our hands are empty…”





Stills from No Place To Rest (2012)

No Place To Rest (2012) SJ.Ramir

No Place To Rest (2012) SJ.Ramir

No Place To Rest (2012) SJ.Ramir


Synopsis:
In "No Place to Rest", the viewer is led tentatively on a journey down a deserted gravel road and into a shadowy world of metaphysical landscapes. An abandoned cottage is encountered, and explored, revealing fragments of past lives, and invoking a sense of unease…





Stills from Disquiet (2011)

Disquiet (2011) SJ.Ramir

Disquiet (2011) SJ.Ramir

Disquiet (2011) SJ.Ramir
Disquiet (2011) SJ.Ramir


Synopsis:
Disquiet uses the movement of an anonymous figure through remote environments, to examine metaphysical journeys that are made through landscapes within the mind. 

After travelling by foot through a dark, woodland forest, a figure enters into a desolate, desert-like world. Its journey is intercepted by a looming structure – representing visions of society, memory and need – which is explored, but ultimately rejected, leaving the figure to continue on its quest towards an unknown destination.