REMEDIES: Tablets, 2014
Tablets is the first of the three part video series called Remedies.
Remedies is inspired by the artist’s family’s pharmaceutical factory in Indore, India, where seventy people, using quasi-archaic machinery, produce tablets, capsules and syrups. The first two works in Saraf’s series reflect on the production of the tablets and the capsules in separate installations, each involving a central video projection and video box sculptures. The video projection features performers enacting a choreographed sequence that echoes the repetitive motions of the equipment and the factory workers. The video boxes present close-up, abstracted footage of the manufacturing process. Combining these elements with re-mixed soundtracks of the factory equipment, Saraf creates rhythmic, multi-layered structures of evolving visual and sonic patterns. The repetition of actions and sounds generates mesmerizing environments that are both serene and surreal, drawing parallels between medicine and meditation as healing experiences.
Choreography: Christy Funsch & Surabhi Saraf
Director of Photography: Yoni Goldstein
Editing: Surabhi Saraf & Jeremiah Barber
Sound Recording: Siddharth Saraf
Sound Editing & Composition: Surabhi Saraf, Shane Myrbeck & Emily Shisko
Lighting Designer: Philip Matarrese
Dolly grip: Hart Perez & Devon Perez
Production Assistant: Jonathan, Sebastian Alvarez, Diwaker Gupta
Video Box design: Dana Hemenway
Video Box production: Conrad Meyers
Custom Hardware & Software: Diwaker Gupta
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Emeline Le Thiec
Special thanks to all the workers at Wilcure Remedies.