Sunday, September 20, 2009
MOB at Australian Centre for Photography
The single-screen version of something I did with Ben Frost + Nick Ritar in 2006 is currently showing at ACP in Sydney. At the time of making we described MOB as:
Moving through and drawing from studies concerned with organic motion... the swarming tendencies of various species (humans included)... viral + emergent behaviors... crowd theory... resonant intelligence within a swarm of many parts...
The work is experienced as an installation with four-channel projection and surround sound. A study of organic motion, swarming behaviors and sound, MOB creates an abstracted environment populated with individual organisms of motion and sound. Within this environment the audience experiences the unfolding of a textural world, which builds up to the point where individuality is neutered and an abstracted crowd organism is formed.
The source video was created from footage of 500 tiny fish swimming around a custom-made tank while being wrangled by us all with audio and light triggers.