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.







Stills from Cold Clay, Emptiness... (2010)

Cold Clay, Emptiness... (2010) SJ.Ramir

Cold Clay, Emptiness... (2010) SJ.Ramir

Cold Clay, Emptiness... (2010) SJ.Ramir



Synopsis:
In Cold Clay, Emptiness... an anonymous figure moves in slow motion through an empty and remote rural environment. The figure's journey is intercepted by symbolic images - representing visions of society, memory and need - which are explored, but ultimately rejected, leaving the figure to continue on its quest towards an unknown destination. Pixels are enhanced through the use of custom-made lens filters, to create new textures within the work, and eliminate superfluous detail.





Stills from Into Daylight (2009)




Into Daylight (2009) SJ.Ramir

Into Daylight (2009) SJ.Ramir



Synopsis:
In much of his video art, SJ.Ramir utilises geographical landscapes – and the movement of people through them, as a metaphor, to explore the notion of metaphysical journeys that we make across landscapes within in the mind. In a slight deviation from his usual style, Into Daylight is a widescreen ‘cinematic response’, to this theme. In it, Ramir has employed classic filmic devices - such as composed vignettes and slow camera pans - in combination with a lulling cinematic soundtrack, until a change in atmosphere occurs, and a lone figure, in silhouette, is revealed to be travelling through a remote and desolate terrain. The destination is not known. The focus is simply on the figures journey.