scanned cine film frames Observations are the process and result of manually filming a fixed point on a system, capturing just a small part of a wide view before the camera, frame by frame at regular intervals over a period of time - these photographed moments along the continuum of a whole system draw attention to an aggregate experience of discrete moments, impermanent and in constant flux, that forms an overall experience of reality.
The neo-confuscius concept of Li (理) holds that everything is patterned according to the order of flow, an idea which also can be found at the root of contemporary system thinking; the understanding of parts in terms of their relationship to and expression of the whole - each point within a system expressing the whole system.
In most instances the works derive from a one frame exposure manually released every ten seconds for one hour, producing 360 frames. Collaging the individual photographed moments in sequential order as they were shot reveals a deeper order in the natural formation of a unified composition expressive of a unified wholeness. Whereas the works are autopoietic, I am intrigued by my own intervention, which lies within the act of observation itself. The contemplative study - meditative, mindful, the aesthetic interplay of consciousness, perception and thought. Whilst physics speaks of the observer effect; the idea that observation alters an observed system - I am intrigued by the philosophical idea of solipsism - the proposal that the very act of observation brings something into existence.