Known and Strange Things Pass
“As we enter the time of hyperobjects . . . We realise that nonhuman entities are incomparably more vast and powerful than we are, and that our reality is caught up in them. What things are and how they seem, and how we know them, is full of gaps, yet vividly real.” Timothy Morton
The photographs in this work are taken in places where the Internet is concentrated. Where the fibres of the network come together, and almost everything we do online passes down a few impossibly narrow tubes, stretching along the seabed, connecting one continent to another.
Looking at these vast unknowable entities – the ocean and the Internet – we sense their strangeness. We can understand each conceptually but can only ever see or bump into small bits of them. They challenge our everyday assumptions and show us that the boundaries we put between things are more permeable than we might like to think. That the objects surrounding us daily, appearing so reliable and mundane, are actually parts of much larger, more complex, bodies extended across space and time.
The work is structured through the push and pull rhythm of intermeshing sequences. Things, in different spatial and temporal phases, intertwine and coexist. Worlds that we think of as separate dissolve into each other – the near and the distant, the ocean and the internet, the physical and the virtual, what we think of as natural with the cultural and technological.