Event Name The One on One: Ella Sowinska
Start Date 7 Apr 2016 9:00 am
End Date 8 May 2016 4:00 pm
Duration 31 days and 7 hours

In her exhibition The One on One, artist Ella Sowinska examines the modern fascination with romantic reality television, popularised by such shows as The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Married at First Sight, If You Are the One and many others. Her work is an abstract response to the curiosity that many of us share with the intimate lives of others.

A still of the set of the reality TV show, 'The Bachelor', the front of the mansion where the show is filmed 

By eliminating the element of competition inherent in romance reality television The One on One instead focuses on the first date itself and the absurd act of filming it. It creates a self-reflexive environment for viewers of the date, mirroring viewers of reality television.

What would you say and do on a first date, if you were being filmed? In all its self-aware, awkward glory, this project forms as dialogue and critique of popular culture and the way we live today. 

The One on One is a new installation, which consists of two videos playing simultaneously on plasma television screens. The screens will be playing synchronised footage from one entirety documented first date between two participants engaged from the Albury-Wodonga region. The date is documented through the lenses of two GoPro action cameras strapped to the head of each participant. The participants therefore act as the camera operators and are in control of how their likeness is perceived on screen. The documentation of this date will be presented in its uncut form, allowing no intervention through editing.

The videos extend for a period of approximately 2 hours and will be played on a continuous loop. It is intended to be slightly boring and uneventful. Visitors are invited to watch the entire date unfold or to walk in and out of the installation as they please. Visitors to the exhibition will view the documentation of the date as if they are standing in between the dating couple.