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Life-Forms  (2017)

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These images are photographs of a TV screen that I captured in my hotel room during a trip to New York in 2017.

By manipulating the connection of the signal cable I was able to cause glitches in the real-time feed, pixelating and saturating the colors, distorting the subjects on screen.

Capturing the changing shapes while deliberately zapping the connection to create the noise-filled screen gave me a joy similar to that of street-photography; the wandering, the seeking of a happenstancial moment. I was captivated by this new visual sensation. The original shapes on screen were distorted to such a degree that time itself seemed to disintegrate within that world; the images seemed as though they were woven from digital fabric.

When these distorted images first emerged I was amazed by the sensation of the unique, organic-like material and was enchanted by their beauty. I felt I had caught a glimpse of some vestige wriggling beneath the clean regularity of the projected images on the TV.

In today's modern world imperfection and chaos seem likely to be rejected due to the social obsession with rationality and consistency. My wish is to embrace the fluctuating ambiguity of this world where the insinuated boundaries and apparent seams are not quite as defined as we perceive them to be.

2017年にニューヨークに滞在した際、ホテルのデジタルテレビを接触不良にしてグリッチを生じさせ、画面をリアルタイムで流れる情報を撮影しました。もつれ、形を変え続けながら画面を埋め尽くすノイズの姿をひたすらザッピングしながら捉える作業は、偶発性を求め彷徨うストリートフォトグラフィーと同じ喜びを感じ、私は新しい視覚体験の虜になりました。テレビがつくり出す元々の事物の輪郭は崩れ落ち、時間軸までもが混線した世界は、まるでデジタル信号で編まれた織物のようだと思いました。この劣化したイメージのあらわれを見た時、私は有機感にも似た新たなマチエールの感触に驚き、その美しさに魅了されました。テレビが映し出すようなクリーンで秩序立った明るい世界に、あるがままに蠢く何かの面影を見た気がしたのです。異物や混沌は、合理性や一貫性が強く求められる現代では排除される存在かもしれません。それでも私は、信じているほど境界や継ぎ目が明確でない世界の曖昧性に思いを馳せ、そのゆらぎに寄り添っていたいと願うのです。