WHEN ARE YOU
ephemeral mixed-media installation
in association with Joy Artists Collective
2019, PAPER MOUNTAIN GALLERY
also presented at PECHA KUCHA PERTH VOL 24
The installation, a fusion of the concrete and the ephemeral, particularly tries to question the metaphysical idea of the present and being. Are our thoughts and actions conscious of themselves or our consciousness a by process of our unconscious actions. The installation consists of two elements; the first; spatial objects as the journey and the second,; a wall projection as the piece de resistance. The journey is orchestrated to orientate the observers, an exposition to build up towards the final act.
Spatial elements consisting of opaque and mirrored panels suspended in serial progression. This arrangement affords fleeting glimpses of the destination, drawing the participant through the work. As the final destination is approached it becomes clear that the flat image glimpsed at the outset is actually a parallax-distorted digital mirror. Projected on two angled screens, the image becomes warped and stretched as the viewer advances. Constantly dislocating from the regular passage of time, this fluctuating mirror asks the participant to reflect on their experience as the distorted reflection stares back at them.
A break from the routine, When Are You? is a liminal space, an experience bracketed by time. Generating a reflective state, the work encourages viewers to interrogate the mechanisms that propel us, both figuratively and literally, on our routine passage through the built environment. Every day is a chain of decisions and actions, these unexamined decisions and pathfinding habits we follow are directed by our environment.
As we navigate our path, the spaces we design influence us in return. As much as humans affect their habitat, When Are You? seeks to instill the awareness that our habitat also builds us.
Time dilation, surveillance and spatial orchestration are amongst the tools we use to transform the banal into the unknown and unexpected. It explores the concept of time; the just past, the immediate past, the recent past, – and questions where is the present. When Are You?