Untitled (Spatial Transcript)
Huijun Lu & Joscelin
16 – 17, 20 – 24 Apr 2022, 11am - 7pm
Untitled (Spatial Transcript) is an installation that brings together text, photography, moving image and light to reconfigure written observations of space. Taking writings about everyday experiences as source material for formal exploration, the work investigates the gaps between image and text through the use of distortion. This process of distortion takes place through digital means in the re-writing of code. The resulting images undergo further distortion through interactions with light and space, as they are recomposed as light boxes and projections. The work seeks to offer viewers a revised transcription of the everyday through a new format of observation.
The public was invited to submit descriptive texts to add to the installation’s source material. The audience’s writings added to the collection of subjective perspectives to further investigate the disconnect between experience and written description.
The work is a collaboration between artists Huijun Lu and Joscelin Chew, whose practices span across the mediums of installation, photography, moving image, kinetics and programming. Sharing a common interest in the material of light and formal abstraction, the collaboration attempts to merge both artists’ strengths and interests to present a cohesive vision.
About the Artist(s)
Huijun Lu's works explore the intersection between art, music, engineering and computing, Born from diagrammatic drawings. In actualising the works, she treats materials as objects of utility and fascination. To enliven these materials, she builds circuits to create arrays of moving motors; twitching and gesturing through space, dispersing materials to create sound or reacting to human presence. Each movement or sound is devised by considering properties of music such as rhythm, rest, timbre and tone. Her works encompass kinetic installations and sculptures, moving image, soundscapes and performances.
Joscelin Chew is interested in deep topography and the practice of walking - the experience of the walking process disrupted by the medium format camera, which serves as a mediating device between the image and the experience. Her practice explores the ways of looking at images, the visual culture of the aerial view, the experience of drawing in relation to photography as well as notions of abstraction. Text plays an important role at times, in raising questions with regards to the concept of 'place'.