Jessica Vincenza is a writer/director and video artist. Recently graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Film, Jessica has since been awarded the Inaugural TWT Excellence Prize for her film, ‘Apartment Block No.10’ and was the recipient of the UNSW Dean’s List award for her graduate film series ‘Private Parties.’ Jessica was also 1 of 30 artists from across Australia to be selected for the 2018 National Graduate Show, hosted by PICA (Perth’s Institute for Contemporary Art). Within the past three years, Jessica has worked with companies such as Screentime, Channel 7, VIVID, Melbourne International Film Festival, and documentary activists, Engage Media. She was the recipient of a government funded grant to travel to Cambodia to work on three student-lead documentaries supported by the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). More recently, Jessica was awarded a scholarship for a two-month working visa in Yogyakarta, Indonesia where she co-directed the documentary, Jogja asat, Jogja Banjir. Jessica’s body of work has an original and quirky aesthetic in which she explores the interdependent relationship between identity, society and spatial awareness.
Apartment Block. No.10 is an experimental video artwork which explores the interaction between space and sound and how a synergy between the two can expose the different modalities of identity. Set within a metropolitan context, this video artwork explores the cultural zeitgeist of contemporary society, in which these urban spaces are dominated by the intentional and unintentional sounds of humanity. Apartment Block. No.10 aims to contextualise the individual’s idiosyncrasies within the larger collective, by seamlessly manifesting these banal human-produced sounds within the overall soundscape of the apartment block community. Both the rhythmic collaboration of sound and the unification of place, interact to create an analogy for the collective identity in which the apartment block becomes a microcosm of society. Through the use of collaged animation and live video, this work demonstrates how our everyday experiences of sound and physical space affect the way in which we perceive our own identities and thus expose the complexities of human identity in which the individual and the collective maintain a fluid dialogue of influence.