I Thought I’d Escaped the 20th Century, Artist Statement
500 minute video loop + 10 print series
A World Without Divisions
Today’s focus on political issues involving migration and cultural or religious conflict, along with challenges to received notions of tolerance and who we should love, has heightened our awareness of the divisions we’ve inherited. By contrast, this work is a seamless, perfect whole, with no beginning, middle or end. It dramatizes the dissolution of traditional ideologies and old models of belonging. What’s taking its place is a fluid reformation and renewal of alternative social forms. But this is an organic perfection – it’s strength comes out of the analog variations in its raw materials.
The Eye and the Gesture while Coding
This work’s thousands of coded parameters, while digitally precise, were each determined by the artist’s eye in combination with a hand gesture. In other words, instead of inputting a number (to determine positions, rotation speeds, etc.), which is more usual during coding, the artist swept his hand to the left or right across the input field while watching the live result. This is a reference to the importance of the gestural in music, where there’s an inherent variation in each movement of a violin bow, for example.
Dissolving 20th Century Materials Into Pure Idea
I made this work out of six photographic colour gels. I often work with filmic, plastic, or paper detritus from the last century. To work with these objects using this new century’s tools, they need to be converted into math (zeros and ones) and then reconstituted into images. In other words, they have to travel through an intermediary stage of idea, on their way to realizing their new form. This relationship between physical form and applied mathematics is where we now live. We all have to hunt now for spaces that are livable within that reality. The opportunity to transform ourselves is implied.
I work in offbeat zones where the traditional mega-categories like music, cinema, painting and photography, meet and exchange ideas. This artwork is my trying to strike a balance between these groups – it’s post-durational, and is suited to exhibition modes where we don’t know when a viewer will enter the room.