The other night, I got a chance to see Sarah Rara’s A Ray Array, an hour long collection of 16 video shorts included in the Dlectricity festival in Detroit, Michigan. As I sat still and watched, my mind was lulled into a trance-like state; lured in by the humming, ambient sounds and the calming, ethereal visuals in her videos.
Pleasantly offsetting were the two marble-slab-shattering moments, punctuating the overall performance like the snap of a hypnotist’s fingers, bringing you back to your senses. I was also taken by the subtle, almost imperceptible visual ‘payoffs’ (for lack of a better term) that would sometimes feather in, three-quarters of the way through. In the words of a former professor, A Ray Array seemed to ‘probe the outer limits of my awareness, just enough to ensure I was still paying attention. And I was.