This work sits within the discourse of convergent media where photography, understood as 'a ‘superimposition of reality and the past’(Barthes, 1980), and computer-generated imagery 'that points to a future event’ (Manovich, 2001), intersect with the information age. The work is conceptually based in computational thinking which is used to decompose problems by identifying variables and, using data representations and algorithms to form generalisations or abstractions, create generic solutions. However, this line of thought is based on the fatalistic assumption that the more information that we have about the world, the more control we may have over it and that this may impair our ability to make critical judgements (Bridle, 2018).
Void is a projected image installation and a visual model that was created to study the relationship and the confluence of numerous technologies, the endless stream of digital information and the photographic image. Computer-generated data visualisations and astrological symbolism, of things that are in constant flux, are superimposed with lens-based imagery that relates to the material and the physical world to instil a sense of order and agency in the present.
The work was included in the exhibition Strategies for the Future, curated by Victoria Lawson and held at the C3 Contemporary Art Space in Melbourne, from the 15th of August to the 9th of September 2018. Supported by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, the opening was attended by a cross section of members from the Victorian cultural and creative arts sectors and total visitations were estimated to be approximately 1,200 people.
The looping moving image below was created using artificial light and robotic motion control equipment to simulate the sun's azimuth. Informed by the solar studies of my studio space (video files below) these studies are temporal interpretations of the relationships of our earth, it's orbital path, and my perceptions of the spaces that I inhabit.
6:02 am Saturday, 23 September 2017