Ante Fenestram Somniat in Albo (Against the Window, She Dreams in White)





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Published on Jun 6, 2012

"Ante Fenestram Somniat in Albo (Against the Window, She Dreams in White)" by Scott F. Hall and Janae N. Corrado [artists] with thanks to Alex Schulze and Chelsea Echols [assistants], 2012, video with stereo sound, 2 minutes 10 seconds duration.

"Ante Fenestram Somniat in Albo (Against the Window, She Dreams in White)" is a work of video art with stereo sound by Scott F. Hall and Janae N. Corrado which depicts an existential experience ranging from struggle to contentment. "Dream" is visible here literally in moving image that depicts a sleeping dreamer; the conception of the dreamer is likewise evoked by the title and sound [the viewer tends to empathize with the common experience of thrashing around during sleep, wrestling with dreams]. The audience vicariously experiences the anguished or pleasant emotions stirred by the sounds--pulsing beats, sweet minor and dissonant chords, smooth and rough textures. The viewer intuitively reads the subtle facial expressions that come out as the action proceeds in darkness punctuated by positive light. The varied positions of the head, hair, and hands of the subject, the choppy feeling of time-lapse, and a strong sense of fleeting time--bits of it lost--all accumulate into a sensation of urgency. The Latin title is appropriately dramatic conveying the feeling of inveterate trope. "Against" is an aggressive word in terms of tone and rhythm—it feels like an obstacle in itself. "White" is posed as an oft idealized concept of goodness and quest--the literal set of desires pursued by the struggling dreamer. The passive-form English post title rings soft, poetic, and internalized, making clear reference to "window" as barrier but also as passage and transition—a narrow, difficult place of movement toward change.


Scott F. Hall is an artist working in multiple mediums: sound, music, instrument design, still images, video, and sculpture...

Janae N. Corrado's dreamlike and surreal work is a fusion of personal experience and influence created though a partially intuitive process which mines her own subconscious and human collective memory. Amorphous wash applications and the sinuous grain of the wood panels she often paints upon combine to provide an open field for viewer cloudreading; however, her process of nearly automatic drawing gently focuses meaning in her pieces. Corrado's work is rich with timeless visual elements, moody atmospheres, and the romantic narrative subtext of a 19th century Symbolist expressed uniquely in the diverse international context of contemporary art.

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