Film & Photos: Diallelus
by Beauchamp Art
Diallelus (‘Through or by means of another’) refers to a form of circular reasoning, a sort of regressive argument, though here is used in reference to Infinite regression, especially referring to optical feedback – though rather than having two mirrors facing one another, two cameras were used.
With the display screen of one facing the other and vice versa, looping the visual feed endlessly, highlighting the paradoxical seeing of seeing; and hyperreality – and how “the computer screen also functions both as a window into an illusionary space and as a flat surface carrying text labels and graphical icons.” [Manovich, 2001: 90] – but if the world is seen screens, with interface and displays and other distorting factors, how authentic is one’s way of seen? Like the dwellers of Plato’s cave, if an entire reality is constructed through screens then that may become all what one can perceive to be real. (As one of my peers, Elizabeth Aubury, pointed out my work could often be seen as being about “viewing the viewer viewing”, in other words, how the audience perceives the act of seeing.
This piece is intended to provoke a dialogue surrounding the nature and reliability of perception, mediation, reciprocal viewing and so forth. Though as it is a short, more experimental piece, its outcomes may not have much impact, and could be dismissed as a novel aesthetic exercise without a serious grounding, however, just because something is straight-forward does not mean that it is necessarily invalid, much as something over-complicated construction and thorough processing does not validate a piece, but however it is may; its affect on the audience could be seen as most pivotal.
The display screen, with the white rectangle at its centre also mediates the photographer’s viewer of their subject, yet may not be readily considered as a part of what they see. By making part of the frame, the viewer may then considered the photographer’s way of seeing, rather than just their photographic output; as well as the pervasive nature of screens in a contemporary environment. This piece could be seen as a comment on “the ‘dailiness’ of ordinary, everyday interactions on screen.” [Bell, 2007: 37] as well as a sort of mechanical internal conflict, a failing of the capacities.
The sound for this piece was made by manipulating the ambient sound from the video recording This involved to be two people on the radio discussing NSA and informational privacy, which I used for another piece, transforming it into a circular argument by cutting the audio to repeat their conversation endlessly.
Manovich, Lev (2001) The Language of the New Media. USA. MIT Press.
Scannell. (1996) In Bell, David. (2007) Cyberculture Theorists. Great Britain. Routledge.