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Consequences of Repetition I

The works Consequences of Repetition I (2018) reflect Rao’s ongoing study of digital media and her work with experimental film particularly the year following her graduation from Parsons School of Design. Translating moments from videos into still images and then objects enabled Rao to expand multimedia works into physical space and challenge the durational dimensions of film. 


This work was exhibited at The Rejoinders exhibition curated by Jess Matthews and Melissa Hinkin at gallery g39, Cardiff in 2018. The exhibition was a culmination of the Rejoinders Residency and a grant from the British Council and the Wales Arts International. 


These photo-trays were a part of larger work which consists of several objects arranged on a table. Here, you see frames from a video of Rao’s grandmother's gesticulating hands. The frames have been released from the prescribed time and sequence of a video, replaced by physical space. These trays are stackable and form a compact box.

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These works in gouache on paper and glass on painted plywood reflect Rao’s larger interest in the visual and analog representation of binary code and in drawing parallels between binary code and the process of weaving. Here, the traditional pattern of the Temple Border from Kanjivaram Silk Sarees is "glitched" until it is barely recognizable.


All the objects in this work fit into a small box and could be carried around. The ease of flat packing and carrying this work around was integral to the work. Objects from one work appear years later in a different work. The circle symbol of containment and repeated "circular" practices appears throughout Rao’s work. 


The installation was accompanied by three audio pieces: 




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