A different kind of meditation is Stephen Nolan’s endless loop This Desert was Once a Sea. Mother. A lonesome cameleer rides towards the camera, but isn’t getting any closer. Only nineteen frames taken from David Lean’s movie Lawrence of Arabia (1962) are seamlessly repeated over and over. This micro-loop traps the rider in the scintillating mirage of the desert’s horizon. In This Desert was Once a Sea. Mother. time becomes infinite and inescapable. It’s the loop’s principle that condemns Sisyphus to perpetual repetition.
Stephen Nolan graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland in 2009 and is currently undertaking a Media Art & Design master at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany.
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