Concerned with the hypnotic loss of orientation when immersed in fragmented and disjointed realities, I am curious about the point at which something develops from “nothing”; a place within a non-place, attention in hypnosis, estrangement in artificiality.
By interacting with terrains of physical or digital environments, I remember fleeting moments of thrill or shocking sensations like falling or high brightness, causing us to pay attention. On a quest for these clear moments of visualization, I develop speculative locations like someone else’s memory or a machine’s imagination when it has developed agency beyond our algorithms. I find these moments through developing a net of abstraction that includes drawing, sound, digital and sculptural elements. Pit stops in this process become visible as drawings or paintings – a top view or slice of a constantly mutating process of the discovery of new forms fizzing in and out of existence.
In a contemporary world where the singularity of “place” is being replaced by a slippery montage of fast travel and instantaneous communication, what are the new forms of distinct places that begin to develop? Hyperreal data and museum-style documentation presume to extend everywhere and know everything. Lack of mystery and hyperreal brightness bleed into the way we remember – no places or details are supposedly unknowable, yet no location is a distinct “place,” but rather a constantly accessible representation of itself. We even expect our memories to be hyperreal, we want our memories of places and sensations to be reliable and defined, but quick sensations go through entropy; memory is alive not static. By seeking a memory strategy that mimics data storage, we trick ourselves into thinking we have defined irretrievable moments.