Carolina Sandvik - Paracusia
In Paracusia*, a woman alone in a small flat is carrying out her daily housework when suddenly she starts hearing sounds from the other side of the wall. The neighbour’s undecipherable doings are slowly invading her enclosed space, increasingly merging with her mundane chores. She picks up the type writer and starts writing, equally triggered and distracted by the strange noises. In her struggle to map out the features and actions of the elusive character next door, her own reality gradually starts to disintegrate.
The work shown in Carolina Sandvik’s exhibition is one in a series of films that center around a female protagonist in isolation, embodying and acting out the symptoms of a psychological or social disorder. In her practice, Sandvik uses stop motion animation as a medium to investigate the conventions of cinematic language that lie embedded in a collective consciousness. Significant tropes and motifs from the history of thriller/horror film are brought to operate within a different context. Voyeurism and engendered violence are simultaneous. Nightmares and desires intertwine with the voyeuristic gaze that is present in the diegetic space and through the lens of the camera.
*Deficiency in the sense of hearing experienced through auditory hallucinations usually caused by psychotic disorders