Objects Perceive, Me 2010
Alexandra Navratil is interested in systems of representation, and how different media (cinema, architecture, photography, drawing, words) relate to the narratives they develop and the reality they describe. Research is a consistent part of her creative process, leading to the creation of an extensive personal archive of research and source material. "Objects Perceive Me" is a slow, silent looped video that finds its starting point in this archive. The images featured in the video have been collected by the artist from many different sources (books, magazines, newspapers etc.) in about three years. As any image collection – and its extraordinary prototype, the Mnemosyne Atlas by Aby Warburg – "Objects Perceive Me" does not follow any rigid or linear logic, but draws on personal associations and visualizes a flow of consciousness that the lack of verbal explanation makes even more mysterious and cryptic. Interestingly, some images return more than once in the flow, presented in different sizes and related to different images. Some returning topics can be identified as well: utopian architecture, the aesthetics of sport, the space race, the relationship between nature and civilization.