This is a companion piece to an essay that I wrote for the Sydney Review of Books on Donna Haraway’s latest book and some of her recent talks and lectures. I put together an edit of a number of podcasts that discuss various aspects of aphids and their ecologies. The idea is to get some sense of the complexity of ecological forces that are operating on the aphid and that shape its evolution in various ways. Continue reading Aphid Hour: a podcast companion to an essay on Donna Haraway
Grasping Light is a work in two parts; a laser on paper drawing and a video that documents how the drawing was made. On another level Grasping Light is an attempt to understand all of the materials involved in producing the work as a whole. Continue reading Grasping Light (2016)
I shot and edited this little doco on Gerald Murnane in the second half of 2014. Gerald Murnane is a writer who has a particularly idiosyncratic take on what fiction is and how to go about writing it. Continue reading Mental Places: a conversation with Gerald Murnane
This is a talk that I gave on Friday 1 April 2016 as part of the seminar series at the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. Continue reading An Ethics of Diversity: Art, Ayahuasca and Microbial life
This show at 55 Sydenham Rd was joint effort between myself Paul Greedy and Sean O’Connell. It was really great working with Sean and Paul on this and I think we ended up creating something together that was a little more than the sum of its parts.
My work for this show was created by burning paper directly with a laser. The paper is attached to a motor that spins it at a variety of speeds. The laser tracks slowly across the spinning paper to create the spiral form. You can see the process that produced these works in the video Grasping Light. The patterns that you see in the smaller works are produced by programing acceleration and deceleration into the rotation of the paper. The patterns emerge at certain speeds and are not something that I’m controlling directly. Its more about dialing in on particular speeds where I find something interesting happening. The laser dot has to be slightly out of focus for these patterns to emerge. I use simple code to program the speed variations. Each new drawing involves slight tweaks to the code that I’ve used to create the previous drawings.
Sean’s work for this show was a bunch of light boxes and prints that he created by placing objects on various types of film and blasting them with high voltage electricity. Here are a few shots of Sean’s light boxes
Paul’s work was this resonating instrument/installation. He pumped tones into the wires that were then amplified and fed back into the space. The copper pipe acted as a resonator. The volume rose and fell in a beautiful and unpredictable way.
A few years ago I shot and edited this version of What Where by Samuel Beckett. I’m writing this post now because the work has just been made available for free online viewing.
What Where is very minimal and for that reason was exacting and quite involved from a technical point of view. Continue reading Samuel Beckett’s What Where
Installation shots from the exhibition Standing Wave, October 2015. These works have been produced using a custom built drawing machine and a 445nm laser. Continue reading Standing Wave (2015)
This video was created by placing laser cut black paper over an LCD screen. This obscures most of the image allowing only 18 intermittent lines of pixels to shine through. This work was shown in darkened space. This allowed for the highest level of contrast between the illuminated pixels and the black paper covering the screen. If you saw this work when it was exhibited you would have experienced true black, something that is impossible to reproduce on any monitors or projector that you might use to view the documentation of this work in the video below. Continue reading In Flames: Windy Chaos (2015)
I’ve been drawing with a laser since the beginning of the year and all the work in this exhibition was produced, in one way or another, using a 445nm laser. 445nm is the frequency of light and, as you can see in the video below, it is in the blue part of the visible spectrum. Continue reading Wave Form (2015)
I reckon writing for a blog can be a little less formal and hopefully a little more provocative than writing in an academic context or for a ‘proper’ publication. So I start this post with a provocation Jackson Pollock wasn’t abstract or expressionist. Continue reading Jackson Pollock wasn’t abstract or expressionist: on visceral materialism