This video is to viewed as a loop in the setting of a gallery on a large monitor.
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Looping video to be viewed in gallery space on large monitors. It is important it is not seen as a film to be viewed sequentially. The gallery space is an essential element in grasping the nature of this piece.
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Gazing Oozing with Mendacity is a surrealist exploration of ways in which images compel our eyes to view them, and ways in which our eyes are compelled to interpret them. It is composed of three episodes, each of which, in exploring its own theme, mirrors the format of a book of stories, such as Cortazar's Blow Up and Other Stories. The first episode is a study in the style of Antonioni's Blow Up of an event, accidentally shot, which, upon second viewing, testifies to mysterious agendas. Repeated perusal of the footage poses hypotheses concerning the nature of surveillance and the ethics of the eye. The second episode explores abstraction and beauty, using and distorting objects which figure in the first episode, and peers into the ways images constantly shift into fugitive meanings, with references to Jorge Luis Borges' The Book of Imaginary Beings. The third episode, featuring documentary footage surreptitiously shot on the streets and subways of New York City interspersed with historical footage, all framed in experimental collaging in Max Ernst style and colliding with mathematical symbols, explores equivalences: what value systems do we each subjectively resort to in order to weigh the nature and meaning of images?