Traces (2012)

Traces inspects and reveals the diverse but mediated nature of public worlds. The city square, the historic monument, or well known natural landmarks reside within our consciousness as representative of home and afar. In turn, they are ‘framed’ through cultural and capitalist structures as places of touristic exploration and desire. Personal perception is more increasingly dominated by the film image and media representation of public space. This paradigm exists as our usual first visual contact – thus dominating all subsequent perceptions, on a conscious and unconscious level over our own thoughts. As viewers and travellers, we seek ‘confirmation’ within the real world, often finding that we may be disappointed or left feeling awry.

The national monument often representative of bravery, loss, or bloodshed – cultivated through collective historical and cultural memories – is in postmodern times subjected to the discourse of the Tourist Gaze – of which this architectural imaginary has been shaped predominantly through and by the film-image. This bestows an characterised sense of intimacy and memory of a particular place and culture of which upsurges all other forms of knowledge in past history – as memory is inherently visual. This influx of mediated images contribute to a mass conglomerate, an unconscious ‘sense’ of physical places we may never perhaps visit. Reframing and mediated representation of these spectacles often leads towards kitsch, cliché and ultimate ruin.

The works created for the show seek to illuminate our modes of thinking, to liberate them from the shackles of the image presented to us. The artist will present representations of both public and private worlds – seeking to reframe and illuminate the spectacle as we know it.

‘from the palisade to the screen, by way of stone ramparts, the boundary-surface has recorded innumerable perceptible and imperceptible transformations, of which the latest is probably that of the interface. Once again, we have to approach the question of access to the city in a new manner. For example, does the metropolis possess its own facade? At which moment does the city show its face?’ – Paul Virilio

Solo exhibition shown with the Rocks Foreshore Authority, Sydney 15th November – 2 December 2012 with a period of the Artist in Residence, 30th of October – 14th of November. A selection of these works were also shown as part of the re:cinema project as part of Sydney College of the Arts —> Web :