The shed/barn is a covert place, allowing humans to indulge in private and/or suspicious activities that include meditation, grabbing a nap, sneaking smokes, or abusing small children. Vulnerable to the elements, the shed/barn metaphorically occupies the median between inside and outside, symbolically positing it closer to primeval instincts. Further, outdoor shelters provide comfort to domesticated animals, thus creating at times a nonhuman, raw and animalistic territory. Storing Up constructs a small rural scenario, illuminated by the use of video and sound media. It uses a collection of 15 second video stills that move both inside and around the forest, accompanied by a woodchopping-inspired soundscape. Whakamoe?s introduction of chopping sounds simultaneously cuts into and emphasises the solitude given by the shelter, equivocally signalling sustenance and destruction. It stores up but it also divides.
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