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ETHER SPACE

Text accompanying a submission
as short-listed finalist for the Jeremy Hynes Award 2011
through the Institute of Modern Art



ETHER – EARTH – HEARTH – HEART – AMBIENCE – ART 

THE THING ABOUT AMBIENCE, OR ETHER-SPACE, IS THAT IT IS EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME, ALL AROUND US, ENVELOPING US, THROUGH ALL OUR SENSES, ACROSS ALL OUR FACULTIES. SUCH IS THE CASE WHETHER WE NOTICE IT OR NOT. 

AS BOTH RECENT AND ANCIENT PRACTICES ATTEST, VISUAL, SONIC AND SPATIAL ART MAKING CAN OPEN US UP TO THE MYRIAD SUBTLETIES OF THE ETHER-SPACE — IN ITS DETAIL AND IN ITS EXPANSE.

IT’S THIS SUBTLE, ETHEREAL ENGAGEMENT THAT I’VE BEEN EXPLORING WITHIN MY SEVERAL ONGOING BODIES OF WORK, WHETHER PHOTOGRAPHIC, VIDEO, SONIC AND/OR INSTALLED. 

AMBIENCE CREEPS UP ON YOU, AND SO DOES THE TRACES OF MY AMBIENT MAKING... 

A VIDEO MIGHT APPEAR TO BE STILL OR PAUSED, BUT IT IS ALWAYS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. A PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE HAS MORE LAYERS AND MICRO-DETAILS THAN FIRST APPREHENDED. A SOUND WORK SEEMS STUCK ON A LOOP, BUT MOVES ON. A PERFORMANCE-INSTALLATION SEEMS CONTENT TO HOVER WITHIN A FEW TONES, BUT THINGS ARE FOREVER GLIDING ABOUT. 

WHAT’S IMPORTANT IS THAT OUR BODIES, OUR MINDS, OUR SELVES, MIGHT RE-CONNECT TO THE FRAGILITY OF BEING IN OUR SURROUNDINGS, SO THAT OUR PLACE, AND OUR POSSIBLE RE-PLACEMENT WITHIN THE WORLD, IS RE-LEARNT — ONE MOMENT AT A TIME.