This is a work in progress building on a larger
photo installation entitled Flux, in which I created a fusion of technological
and organic imagery. Here I am continuing that process but also inscribing
it within the specific volumes of this gallery.
These images are driven by the idea of paint,
my aim being to create abstract light paintings from figurative media
images, without entirely losing sight of their original political and
social context. I wanted to explore the way in which this information
is presented to us, and reflect on how we process and understand it.
News is often fed to us as sound bites, usually from limited perspectives
so that it can be accepted at face value then forgotten. This has become
standard practice in television and visual media, although print media
can be much more informative.
A good example of this reductive vision is the reporting from the Gulf
war. It initially appeared credible, with journalists actually on the
front line with the troops, accompanied by images of miraculous guided
weapons, the promise of minimal civilian casualties and so on. But in
fact the news released was highly selective and controlled. We had to
wait for the slow news to filter out, and when we finally saw it we discovered
the high number of civilian casualties and the violent senseless reality
of war. Perhaps the most interesting information is that which is never
featured in the news at all.
In a sense I am transforming, changing and liberating specific information
and therefore producing new information, simplified but also more complicated
information in that it calls for interpretation and personal thought and
emotion to release its significance. Frozen in time, these images reject
the culture of fast media turn-around, the demand to move on to the next
image, the next news. With so much information of every type and form
coming at us from all directions, I have tried to take time to think,
to understand and so these images are meditative, slow news.
Slow News gallery>>>