Visual Statistics, , 2012, 2013
2 channel video projection/installation, no sound, 2012
peephole video installation, no sound, 2013
Duration: 7 minutes looped. Dimensions variable.
"From early childhood, she had been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. And so she came to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as the two constituent elements of her identity as woman." - John Berger, Ways of Seeing, 1972.
The title of Visual Statistics references Martha Rosler's 1977 work "Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained." The work is comprised of video imagery captured by a handheld digital microscope used to scan the artist's body. From the video captured, two 7 minute clips were chosen and shown unedited. Except for the addition of circular masks that frame the videos, the imagery (color, contrast, sequence, resolution etc) of these clips were not altered in any way. The rhythm of the work emerges through the body's inadvertent movement, as it attempts to survey itself, revealing the close encounter between body and camera as a controlled/uncontrolled interplay of movement and stillness. The magnified imagery appears alien, animal or non-human in it's texture and scope. Questions emerge regarding the precision and veracity of visual technologies designed to scrutinize the body.