HD video installation
30.5cm x 22cm x 0.7cm
Interface is an ultra-slow video time lapse sequence displayed on an iPad Pro. The work was my attempt to capture the fleeting kind of absent presence that manifests itself among people when so-called smart devices are in the room. While apparently motionless, the portrayed face changes almost imperceptibly over time so that it occasionally and randomly appears to be looking at the viewer for a brief moment. The work is a modern take on a Renaissance painting technique by which an artist would fashion slightly convex eyes in a portrait to create the illusion of the face watching the viewer. Today we spend much time peering into mobile screens, even when visiting museums, and often experience the world through those screens. Interface reflects the manner in which we now pay attentionĀ and, sometimes, also mirrors the viewer.