VIEWS (on 8mm)
A short film by Joseph Ball and Andrew Page
We are exposed to myriads of visual information on a daily basis - we are able to explore almost the entire planet from the comfort of our computers. However, these images, often posing as objective representations of the world, fail to evoke a sensory experience that can only be achieved in reality - if anything they only desensitise us to the ‘real’.
'Views', a reaction to this perpetual stream of images, is the result of layers of processes spanning across eras, from 1930’s cine film up to modern day projection. This layering results in a type of reductionism; inky islands of black float in a sea of grain, occasionally swirling into a familiar form before falling away into darkness. The difference between reality and artifice, the natural and the digital, becomes indistinct.
As photography, film and digital communication continue to develop, our consumption of images will only increase - the confusion and disconnection ‘Views’ embodies may signify the manner in which future generations experience the world.
‘Views’ is a collaboration between photographer Joseph Ball and digital artist Andrew Page, expanding upon Ball’s book of the same title.