CATARACT (concrete)

Australia, 2020

Daniel von Sturmer. Aotearoa New Zealand

Aluminum structure, LCD screens, HD video. Indefinite loop

Commissioned by ACMI

Digital art
Photograph by Egmont Contreras

Exploding fireworks, bubbles in the atmosphere, an untouched swimming pool.

Small everyday moments of existence are presented across 60 screens as a complex cacophony of events in CATARACT (concrete). This dynamic and overwhelming assemblage of images reflects the abundance of moments and messages we encounter in the world, which is represented as a complex and synthesised totality. But with so much happening, how do we focus on a singular experience and create meaning?

That is the central question von Sturmer raises in this multi-screen work, which uses impromptu recordings and tabletop experiments to invite the viewer to negotiate between singular moments and discordant fragments of experience.

A bank of 60 screens all playing small moments of everyday life

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On display until:

ACMI: Gallery 1

16 February 2031



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In a video-saturated world, how do you keep focus? Do you keep a close eye on one thing, or step back and watch the parade of images go by, to see the whole thing?



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