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Waves, a video installation at Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans; Review by, Alan Peacock


I visited the work in the MH gallery three times, and each time I thought it was stronger than before - suggests that it needs a slow 'read'; particularly among the parts I liked the sound, and some of the ambiguous video shots... a shoe in the waves that took time to resolve because clues of scale were missing - also, I liked the video compression artefacts... the odd pixilation's that occurred occasionally and added a rich processed texture to the image, signs of fiction that are reminding the mind that this is a constructed image.... and this stood against/in opposition to the editing/mise-en-scene which while lyrical in places, reads as movement observed rather than simulated, things watched rather than dramatised, events happening within an order of things..... and then the moment of surprise when suddenly you or another spectator ghost into the video and a reproduced across it in other places... and the mind is pulled into this very moment into a different relationship with the video image, the projected space collapses and becomes something happening now and here as well as then and there and the gallery space becomes ambiguous itself, our role as spectator, visitor, viewer subtly subverted, this holds both as 'spectacle' and the pleasures of the theatrical illusion and the ingenuity of the maker, and also at a level of meaning as in 'I am now in that image, I am now implicated in the things being shown, those things are now part of my world rather than the estranged and distanced projected depiction'.... although I am not sure that we (as audience) really know how to deal with/interpret/handle this inclusion of ourselves in the work's actions and we fall back readily and easily on the spectacle joys, we wave to ourselves and the watching others, plane focus on our image reversed and detached as if it is separate from the rolling waves... but that is good enough a sit must pose for the intelligent viewer questions about what is going on that lead to meditations on the meanings of the work.


Alan Peacock, is a practitioner, theorist and teacher. His practice is centred in the use of sound (particularly the voice) and issues of interactivity/narrative in digital media. He has written on the aesthetics of the interactive and the materiality of digital media.