Drawn and quartered (our brains do this all the time)

Drawn and quartered (our brains do this all the time) (2011)

HD video, 10 mins

 

I was very taken by David Hockney’s photographic collages in the early 1980s and have experimented with similar techniques over the years. Only recently did it occur to me to try it with video.

While filming, I realised that the immediacy of digital review, which we are so used to while capturing images, was not available. It was only after coming home and assembling the collage on-screen did I discover the illuminating discontinuities in the images – the wavering of hard lines, the rifts in time. In places, these artefacts emphasise movement (rocking boats, passing cars); elsewhere, they draw attention to stasis (buildings, massive in their fluidity).

The collages have a sense of wholeness that mirrors how we perceive. Our brains do this all the time: stitching together discrete sensations of the flux into seamless experience. (Analogously, digital devices quantise information during capture; only later is it converted into a continuous medium).

 

 

still of Drawn and quartered (our brains do this all the time)