A transcription of the spoken words appears as ‘subtitling’ in juxtaposition to the images, expanding both use and meaning of language. The interviews and texts were created in collaboration with writer Lucy Sheerman, and the voices recreated by actors.
The main screen in the gallery shows, over the duration of the exhibition, a slowly changing random display of individually selected lines taken from the interviews with these couples, reflecting inner life onto outer space. These lines form an ambient and ambiguous presence, touching on assumptions, hopes and desires we harbour for an alternative future, and the faith we invest in each other.
All films are shown on digital screens in the gallery, installed together with some of the household objects that appear in the films, such as lamps, fruit on a table, and a large potted plant.
Bettina Furnée's work ranges from small text and moving image pieces to complex and collaborative environmental projects, and has included new media since 2005. Using language as material, her work is rooted in different notions of site, underlining our accidental place and time on this earth.