Still from 'Spray Can Symphony' (2017), video with sound, six minutes (on loop)


'Spray Can Symphony' (2017) is a kaleidoscopic video made from archived raw news footage filmed by the artist in 2013 while working as a multimedia journalist. It contains deliberately distorted sounds and moving images from an original footage of street art and graffiti artists in London. 
The black-and-white video aims to capture the often haunting, mysterious and clandestine nature of this subculture by mimicking imagined qualities of a religious, spiritual or supernatural encounter.
Using simple effects to achieve geometric abstraction, this work is part of ongoing experiments to produce 'meta-images' - still and moving pictures created with deconstructed material and/or process with the aim of retaining an essence through remaining fragments of shapes, forms, colours, light and/or sound.
It seeks an alternative aesthetic or approach from contemporary tendencies towards faux perfection and hyperreality in image-making, within the context of a digital age offering ubiquity and obsolescence in equal measures.
This work is also part of an ongoing series exploring the use of informal accumulations (archives) as material and/or artefact, including a photobook of documented graffiti (Poet Fool, 2016) and an online feed of distorted images (Archive Abstract, 2018).
The video can be exhibited in different forms and scales depending on space, equipment and context, from digital projection to flatscreen/monitor playback, with sound through built-in or external speakers or headphones. Preview link available.
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