The (Non) Illusory Nature of Circumstance

From the drawn image, the Praxinoscope, flip book, and Zoetrope to the more contemporary imaging possibilities of film, video and 3D rendering we can see that humans have sought ways to create the illusion of movement for many hundreds of years. Referencing this history of moving images, from their handmade, analogue origins, to the increasing and seemingly endless possibilities of contemporary digital media, The (Non)-Illusory Nature of Circumstance is a 360˙ steel, fabric and three-channel-video sculptural installation shown in the Mills Museum, Spring 2017. Focusing on the gestures and geometry of the human form moving in space and time, this work of art melds handcrafted object and digital technologies to acknowledge the history that precedes (and enables) them.