Responding to the fast-paced nature of the digital age and contemporary life, CATARACT is a multi-screen installation that presents small moments captured with an iPhone camera. The videos of everyday events are presented simultaneously across 81 screens creating an overwhelming assemblage. Images and objects start, stop, roll, ripple and present non-stop movement, reflecting the avalanche of screen experiences encountered every day. The work asks the viewer to find meaning in the small and selected.
A combination of impromptu recordings and staged scenarios, CATARACT encourages viewers to negotiate between focusing on a singular poetic moment or on the fast-paced cacophony of all 81 screens. Viewers are presented with moving images across more screens than they can possibly track and are therefore required to undertake their own ‘editing’. Forced to hone in on singular visuals that are interrupted, repeated and echoed across the field, the audience must surrender their ability to process the images and seek a single moment that is relatable or compelling to them. CATARACT reveals that though the world is full of happenings, it is only through selective attention that meaning is found.
Exhibited in 2019 at the highly regarded Anna Schwartz Gallery, CATARACT was reviewed in a long form MeMo essay by Melbourne art critic Amelia Winata. The work was discussed in Art Almanac, Broadsheet and Urban List. In 2020 Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) commissioned a 60-screen iteration of the work. CATARACT (concrete) is a permanent feature in ACMI’s entrance foyer.