An audience member interacts with 'Critical Distance'
Interactive video installation
Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, UK
Critical distance uses the video collage technique developed for Stay Behind the Line, but focuses on the absent body as a sculptural object. The work is an exploration of absence that hints at the imposition of barriers, motion detectors and surveillance systems to protect and detain, both within the art museum and other forms of institution. It also invokes a romantic construction of the young male artist as illusive, melancholy and other-worldly: a position now mostly lost to art history, protected by the canon and encountered through the document.