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The Island of Pelicans

The Island of Pelicans, 2003.
The Island of Pelicans at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito. Photo by Bull.Miletic.
The Island of Pelicans, 2003.
The Island of Pelicans at Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach. Photo by Bull.Miletic.
The Island of Pelicans, 2003.
The Island of Pelicans at Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach. Photo by Bull.Miletic.

In The Island of Pelicans installation, esoteric image-fragments of the former federal penitentiary on the Island of Alcatraz are displayed on two video monitors aligned side-by-side on the floor. The video monitors resemble a panoramic image divided into two cells. This creates the experience of an extended time difference shaped by the alternation of synchronized and unsynchronized visuals. The sound in the installation is influenced by the Norwegian artist Leif Inge Xi's stretch of Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th symphony. Especially the 5th movement inspired the project and is used as a reoccurring theme throughout the soundtrack in the installation. The extended time represented in the soundtrack reflects the many epochs that helped shape the peculiarities of the island. Alcatraz is cultivated as a symbol of the most horrific prison one could ever think of and this isolated rock remains a powerful metaphor of the place where one does time, where time is strictly measured, and where time is punishment.

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