Artist Statement 150402
I am adverse and sceptical of new technologies being used to entrap minds with the use of specialised propaganda and manipulated suggestion. I attempt to reuse the old technology by subverting it towards a positive direction that offers truth and narrative as subjective.
I create video installations using obsolete analogue equipment wrought from TV studios, presenting arrays of monitors shown as symbolic motifs.
The video sequences are produced by physical manipulation of machines, which is the performative action that accepts noise, error, redundancy and amplification of phenomenon. Using feedback, the complex systems of machines are stimulated to produce the content for the monitors. Sound is generated from the video signal and vice versa, which interact together to produce mediative video sculptures suggesting a tribal, and totemic influence.
The installations are physical representations of the schematic diagrams showing feedback loops. The monitors are programmed with the recorded video post-performance to be presented as ‘static’ monument to the event. The monument becomes then a video sculpture composed of video loops, which are void of sequential narrative and has no beginning or end.
Having worked with analogue equipment for 20 years, I have an affinity with the physical element and see the video as being an object rather than a virtual electronic portrayal of image and sound. Being immediate and sensitive, video is able to powerfully display suggestion of my ideas in the age where our video-literacy is highly proficient.
I attempt to pursue the most simplified and direct approach of display by using the primal symbolic forms of circles, lines, triangles and squares. I interrupt and modify them in order to create elaborate ‘landscapes’ and ‘textures’ promoting reverie.
With the truth being understood as subjective, the video sculptures I create do not limit freedom of thought, but stimulate choice.
I aim to avoid manipulating the viewer by presenting ‘video as truth’, my work allows the video to function ultimately as the meditative stage for the mind, which unravels its own truth.