I explore the aesthetic and physical experience of using digital devices and the Internet – viewing experiences that are often interrupted, featuring multiple windows of information. I am interested in the spatial quality of overlapped information and how we as human cyborgs deal with the simultaneity of the ‘Infosphere’ . This is the territory of the ‘Distracted Gaze’ rather than pristine contemplation. I am at once fascinated by the materiality and predominance of the screen - glowing surfaces that act as portals into global connectedness, and at the same time, repelled by some of the personal implications of living so mediated.
I make moving image, sculpture and installation that respond to these realities. My work expresses what Shaviro describes as the ‘Post-Cinematic’. “The media experiencer can no longer be figured as a ‘spectator’ standing apart from and overlooking a homogenous visual field. Rather he or she must parse multiple, windowed image sources as rhythmic patterns and as information fields” [Shaviro (2009) p.81].
'Distracted Gaze' was originally shown as the centre piece of an installation titled 'Constant Screen' in 2012.
‘Constant Screen’ was a reflection on my own subjective response to information overload and excess – specifically through the vessel of the screen - and the constant distraction and pull into these shiny glowing surfaces.