Plastic bag work / test installation


Video of installation:

This work is part of a series that relies on single element lenses to approach the aesthetic experienced pre-consciously inside the human eye.

This is a ‘straight’ video with no digital editing taking place. In between the camera and the outside world is a single element lens that projects the scene into a plastic bag that acts like the focussing screen of a large format camera. Essentially the materials act as a model for the human eye with the retina replaced by a disposable consumer item.

The bag, housed inside a box and viewed from behind, inflates and deflates automatically through a fan housed in the plinth.

The intersecting themes comprise pre-conscious ocular aesthetics, consumer culture and suburbia. The process employed reworks the way we view everyday materials and indeterminate phenomena whilst also bringing them together to question aspects of modern life.