My overall practice is driven by my fascination with the illusory qualities inherent in cinema and early animation. Imagining myself as a cinema pioneer I explore the interplay between the moving and the still, creating works that sit between the pre-cinematic and the digital.
By discovering low-fi ways to add movement to single images and commonplace objects/materials, my intent is to ignite an element of wonder at the illusion of cinema, giving the everyday enough of a twist to allow the imagination to run free.
We live in a society where the material is being replaced by the immaterial. This has drawn me to use tangible everyday materials in my work that I juxtapose with the relative immateriality of video. Behind the scenes of my videos there are various hand-crafted mechanisms that drive them that are hand-operated/cranked.
In recent years I have made kinetic works for audience interaction that have been shown internationally including Turner Contemporary, Margate, U.K, 1shanthiroad, Bangalore, India and Basement 6, Shanghai, China.
The Train Effect
A film and text piece about time, online until 7th of April 2023 on Arts & Heritage's screening room
Inspired by railway time ‘Bual has produced a lyrical and free-associative text reflecting on a wide range of subjects that relate to time as linear, cyclical, cosmic, geological, political and abstract.’ - Ingrid Swenson
A bird’s-eye view of a hand-powered train turntable is shot from above resembling a huge clockface. Starting from a standstill, two people rotate a 130 ton engine.
The work is accompanied by a reflective essay by Ingrid Swenson
Commissioned by @artsheritage, and responding Didcot Railway Centre.
Now available on PEER's website, 9 Notes is a publication that introduces some of the ideas and concerns that fuel my practice. The publication includes an essay by Alex Hetherington titled, The Student Of Hallucinations, The Absent, Moon And The Law Of The Feather.
Kindly supported by Arts Council England and PEER, London