The blind man’s stick

Sandiland, Nic ORCID logoORCID: (2010) The blind man’s stick. [Show/Exhibition]


This solo exhibition of Nic Sandiland's work is in two parts: interactive video pieces and minimalist sculptural works, concerns the physical interactions with media and new technology. Strongly influenced by early Victorian film mechanisms, the video-based works aim to establish a direct connection between the viewer's physicality in space and the playback of projected video, drawing on the principles of the Phenakistoscope introduced by Joseph Platea in 1832, a precursor to the Lumiere brothers' Cinematographe. Whilst the Lumieres established what is understood to be the modern cinema format: a passive audience watching active media; Platea's invention, a device where the viewer had to physically turn a disc in order to animate a series of images, required an active spectatorship. These works adopt this principle of dynamic exchange: the viewer's hand movement causing movement in the perceived media, and aims to extend this involvement to encompass and highlight whole body interaction. Other works of a more minimalist approach highlight the simple everyday physical interactions with technology and attempt to focus on the corporeal nature of interaction. The application of the phenomenological concerns, explored by artists such as Robert Morris in the 70s, is transferred into a contemporary arena of interactive digital technology. Here the interactions themselves are the centre of attention of the work rather than the technology or any mystical effect produced through such technology. Included in the exhibition were included the following works: “Orbital” and “ByPasser”. and sculpture SPDT.

Venue Details

    • Location: Stone Squid Gallery, Hastings
    • Dates: May 2010

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Electronic and Digital Arts cluster
Item ID: 5776
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Depositing User: Nic Sandiland
Date Deposited: 21 May 2010 13:34
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 11:14

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