OMER FAST - TATE MODERN

I was drawn to the more interactive works and dark rooms playing films as oppose to the still hanging portraits.  One video piece that intrigued me the most is a work by Omer Fast entitled “Transformed Visions”. The execution of the projection was visually enticing and had lured me to stay to watch the whole film. In a large space two square white panels are attached to thin metal string hanging in a pitch-black room, creating a haunting effect as if the projected images were floating in mid air. There are black rectangular prism benches on the sides of the room where several people are sat in darkness staring at the double-sided panels. The concept of the way the footage was filmed is fantastic and is something that stayed with me days after I left the Tate. The footage is shown through moving picture but the subjects of the scenes projected are frozen in place as if posing for a photograph, yet the external environment such as the wind, the actors breathing and small movements are still animate.

 

In the background, a narration is played of a man describing incoherent events.  Omer Fast had combined two different sound clips, one of an experience in the Iraq war and another of a man who encountered a girl who was self-harming. In the end, creating a completely new story.

 

I was captivated by the whole atmosphere of the room, the concept of the work was intriguing and evoked my curiosity. The images from the scenes depicting the war were powerful and compelling. The projection of a woman in tears motionless standing still in the desert with the wind blowing through her hair and clothing is my favourite because it resonated with me in that moment in time. I would have stayed in the dark room watching the two projections the whole day if I could. The most powerful aspect of the film piece was that it gave me the impulse to go and sit down and watch it fully. As I stayed my attention was held throughout and I did not drift off, which is something that usually occurs when watching film pieces in galleries.

 

This piece of work has inspired me to further explore film and media as well as look deeper into the works of Omer Fast and other creators similar to him. 

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