Neeta Madahar: Falling
The familiar becomes extraordinary in Neeta Madahar’s Falling (2005).* In this video animation, countless sycamore seeds cascade in slow motion toward the viewer in a mesmerizingly orchestrated descent. Accompanied by a musical score by composer Miguel d’Oliveira, Falling explores the beauty and unexpected drama of our everyday surroundings, transforming aspects of the natural world into a dreamlike state.
Inspired by the act of looking, Madahar creates an immersive environment that oscillates between memory and nature. The playfully descending seeds recall a childhood pastime while the subsequent slowed action draws viewers to the present, evoking deeper reflections of naturally occurring phenomenon in our continuously mediated culture. Madahar’s unique temporal shift reveals an imaginative side of the ordinary and exhibits the complexities inherent in our perceptions of the natural and artificial world.
*Falling was jointly commissioned by Fabrica, Photoworks, and the Institute of International Visual Arts, London.