Jennifer Mao, Photography
Pachelbels Canon (In D Major)
I am creating a video installation that will attempt to reconceptualize the act of experiencing a music piece by replicating the structural composition of music with video. Each note within the piece of music (Pachelbel’s Canon in D – a largely recognizable work of music with reoccurring themes, variations, and other repeating patterns and permutations) will be assigned to a particular video vignette. As the piece progresses, and additional instruments are added and multiple notes start occurring simultaneously, the video will do the same. The opacity of the video “notes” will be reduced, so the resulting composition will unite the identity of the disparate notes. By transplanting a primarily acoustic sensual experience into the visual realm, I hope to explore the psychological phenomenon of synesthesia, when experiences in one sensory pathway leads to experiences in another, separate pathway.