Sample footage of recent video work

In Being Here (Now), I explore notions of identity drawing direct influence from Gustave Courbet's, A Desperate Man - a painting that presents a cropped close-up of the artist with bulging eyes and hands clasping at his own head. Courbet's image epitomises the Romantic era of the eighteenth century in which it was commonly believed that paintings could convey more than a person's wealth and social standing, but the subjective life of the soul itself.

In contrast, Being Here (Now) playfully examines the fluidity of identity at a time when increasing social pluralism, cosmetic surgery and the fast-changing world of social media mean deciphering questions like 'Who am I?' is more difficult than ever (Harrison, 2016: 1). Within the video, I present myself intimately touching my own head and face - feeling my way around my ears, nose lips, before these rituals become progressively more visceral and discomforting. The video footage itself also starts to breakdown as scenes are cut and spliced together and built up in layers. The multiplicity of different images, all playing simultaneously, thus renders my face and body virtually unrecognisable.  

 

 

 

Orientation in space is an essential function for any living organism. However, we as humans, maintain a distinct vertical alignment from all other animals. Counterbalance looks to explore our unique relationship to gravity drawing upon the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais - an Israeli physicist and founder of the Feldenkrais Method, who suggested that the human body was ideally designed for movement and the least suited for standing motionless (2005: 95). The title, Counterbalance, describes the complex interplay of muscles that keeps our constantly shifting bodies vertical.

M. Feldenkrais (2005), Body & Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gratification & Learning, California: Frog, Ltd 

 

 

A-B is a 'walk' that I undertook one summer from my home in Bracknell to the APT Gallery in Deptford. The journey was approximately 35 miles, and generated entirely of photographs taken at frequent intervals throughout the walk (the resulting animation is made up of over 20,000 images). 

 

 

 

 

 

Daedalus is a video based upon the fabled architect who fashions wings of wax and feathers so as to fly from King Minos' labyrinth. In Greek mythology the story of Daedalus underpins man's innate desire to escape from the human condition whilst elevating himself to a celestial vantage point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing Over looks to explore ones ability to exceed boundaries and move between different spaces. I'm particularly drawn to what Dutch Anthropologist, Arnold van Gennap refers to as a liminal state; a transitional phase whereby an individual is neither in nor out of society though transcends his/ her physical environment by way of certain rituals or ceremonial traditions. Hence if there something beyond our experience of the material world; some "higher realm", then how can we enter into it or achieve communion with it?