In this new three channel video work, an art object is recorded while being subjected to a series of sonic and observational procedures; rubbed, scraped, struck, measured, reflected, tracked, rasped, played, probed, filmed, photographed.
This strangely shaped Carrara marble sculpture is the central protagonist of the video, yet it remains still and withdrawn, resistant to the persistent and frantic human attempts to extract sound from its surfaces.
The video work calls on the language of digital image making - green screening, GIFs, a palette of RGB colour - to evoke the material estrangement of art-objects, and our relationship to them, that can occur through their repeated digital representation on screens and other digital conveyances.
Although it is the central figure in the moving image work , the sculptural protagonist is materially absent in the gallery space. It is visible only as a digital representation in triplicate, a stand-in version of itself that is conjured through the codes, pixels and the movement of minerals in the surface of the LCD screens.
Materially present in the exhibition are the digital LCD screens, speakers, cords, conduits and the array of supporting display objects that take their material cues from audio visual equipment; shiny black Perspex, dense grey acoustic foam, black plastic cables.
This array of objects are active; they are used to convey the moving images, transmit the video, supply power, amplify sound and physically support the digital screens. In other situations the screens, speakers, cords, conduits and display supports might be considered secondary objects; to be seen through, hidden or ignored. In this exhibition they are called to the viewer’s attention – equally as visible as the images and as present as the sound - as an embodiment of digital materiality.
Lithophone, 2018, Barbara Knezevic. Credits; DP: Saskia Vermeulen, Percussionist: David Lacey, Sound: Ross Carew, Production Assistant: Emma McKeagney
This work was made possible with the kind assistance of the Firestation Artists Studios Digital Media Residency
Special thanks to John Beattie and Adam Gibney for their expertise and assistance on this project.