Curiosity lead me to play out a visual version of the usually audible Chinese Whispers game. I’ve had an interest in the idea of how memories become eroded and change over time and the strong connection with this game seemed the perfect opportunity to explore the theme further. A memory is never fixed and is always modified and altered by subsequent events down to the smaller scale emotional changes on a day-to-day and hour-by-hour basis. The inherent errors that accumulate within the retellings of the Chinese Whispers game seemed appropriate when dealing with an idea which is always in flux and the unreliability of human recollection ever changeable.
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A journey through digital decomposition should really be the sub-heading for this second experiment within the Chinese Whispers experiments. Part 2 took the idea of holding onto a memory through a repeated photographic journey but rather than a physical photograph this time the starting point was a digital version. From the first Chinese Whispers experiment I was curious to play out this erosion staying within the digital world by repeatedly taking a photo of my monitor of the initial starting image. The initial memory again breaks down and quickly fades into the distance amongst the enlarged and distorted pixels. My reflection creeps in at moments on switching between different monitors and the resulting tunnel effect ensues from an inability to take the photo from the same position each time.
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This project builds on an earlier theme ‘Blood Lines’ which deals with the loss and erosion of a memory against the ever moving flow of time. ‘Leaving My Mark’ developed into an individual personal exploration of using my body to record its presence through space, testing new methods and mediums of drawing. I became the central performer amongst the canvas of digital noise with my body outline receding to leave only the trails and marks as a memory. The acoustics were a living part of the process and the background noises, collected at the time of recording, became over layered to match the visual approach.
My artwork enjoys the meeting ground between the three and two dimensions and also the digital and traditional worlds. This project naturally brought these influences together allowing a piece of thread and a powerful computer to combine in the exploration of a new hybrid language of mark making. The experiments lead to some unanticipated possibilities arising and paper became a medium that could be drawn with and lead to the cathartic process of shredding old discarded drawings to become reinvented into new digital marks across a screen.
This animation as a project is evolving but collects together here the first selected series of experiments.