Étude Op. 3, No.2 of 4
Prélude is the second video in Optogenesis (Étude Op. 3), a series of sculptural light installations. The title is inspired by the concept of Optogenetics, the emerging field of neuroscience concerning itself with the triggering of memory with light, and genesis, the coming into being from a point of origin.
In Prélude, light is projected onto an angular form, following an abstract narrative. Beginning with an initial beam of light, ( order; a central and clear point of origin), shifting into multiple beams in space ( disruption), transforming into an organic current ( direction; forming identity /movement), and resolving in shattering prisms ( dissolution; ecstatic form).
The sculptural piece on which the light is projected is formed from one flat rectangular plane. The folds of the plane function as its memory; its structure is formed by the direction and design of these impressions.
The form is revealed by illumination, taking on shifting visual characteristics depending its the point in the narrative. The interplay of material and immaterial creates distortions within the geometry of the piece, evoking a surprising dimensionality. The projected piece is a visual metaphor for memory an evolving and dynamic process, made up of many distortions.
music: Tim Hecker - The Work Of Art In The Age Of Cultural Overproduction
Mark Warren Jacques
Seeing is Conceiving
July 7 - Aug 1 - 2011
Opening reception Thursday July 7th 5-9pm
528 1st Ave South.
Film by Jesse Chandler and Third Street Works (thirdstreetworks.com)
Music by Mark Warren Jacques and The Mountains
Filmed at Casey Gray's studio (caseygray.com/).
So we have this process, called life, it's aware of itself, it's aware of itself through you, you are an instrument through which the Universe looks at itself.
The Universe is looking at itself through you, and because of this there is always an aspect of itself that it can't see.
Like a snake pursuing his own tale.
That's what we find as we investigate the Universe:
Make the microscope bigger and bigger, and we will find ever more minute things;
Make the telescope bigger and bigger, and the Universe expands, because it's running away from itself;
It won't do that if you don't chase it!
You cannot take the whole of it, but you can get rid of it!
People around you will do the utmost to persuade you that you are missing something, because they are missing something and they think they are getting it, through a certain way; and therefore, to assure theirselves, they like you to do it too!
Words here taken and interpreted from Alan Watts: youtube.com/watch?v=CqmkRrFYO1w
(must watch at least 1st minute)