Search for Truth2019
5 minutes (looped)
TV, stand with lens
Degree Show, Belfast School of Art
Aquired by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection
This work presents the book 'Shadows and Enlightenment' by Michael Baxandall. My aim was to explore the act of looking and the philosophical question of knowledge. The lens becomes a viewing passage or threshold. I make reference to 'Republic VII' as Plato uses The Allegory of the Cave to illustrate crossing the threshold from the purely visible worlds into the intelligible word - seeing with knowledge and with consciousness.
The viewer can experience glimpses of the book, each double page only displayed for 3 seconds - the average time a viewr spends looking at a piece of artwork in a gallery.