UK / Duration 19m 55s / 2010
An experimental video exploring the connection between childhood memory / imagination and domestic space. It is concerned with utilising the material nature of video as a metaphor for memory and the process of forgetting.
“My work is primarily an investigation into the mediating processes of the cinematic apparatus. I am interested in exploring the distancing effect of the cinematic image, how moving image technologies construct meaning, and specifically the idea that the ever-growing dominance of photographic technologies as the primary form of discourse is instigating a new, ‘post-historical,’ aesthetic age. Such an approach necessarily takes the image itself (and not its content) as the only fact available to us, and thus the only possible focus of critique.
Much of my recent work has used the genre of still life and its art-historical, cinematic and social contexts to frame these enquiries. It has been based predominantly on the use of appropriated imagery as this mode of production inherently questions the perceived crisis of values contained in the photographic image and the corresponding ethical, epistemological and political implications.
The photo-cinematic image is still too often regarded uncritically as a ‘window onto a world’. I am occupied with dirtying that window so that we never forget its presence. I pursue a reflexive cinematic practice that responds to the importance of, and the demand for, a maintained criticism of our relationship to screen-based images.”