working table Katriona Beales (2014)
New work consisting of sculptures and two moving image works shown on ipods, all displayed on a black glass table (1m x 1.4m x 0.75m). In a world transversed via the screen, the contents of these black mirrors reiterate Baroque obsessions with the fold, light, repetition, excess and affect.
“… new information systems enhance the intensity of this [the force of time’s] flow, this displacement of possessive individualism by the wonder of data accumulation evokes the very ideal of knowledge that Walter Benjamin argues to be characteristic of the Baroque – the process of storing and schemata to which the emergent libraries of the 17th century were a monument.”
[Timothy Murray (2008) ‘Digital Baroque – new media art and cinematic folds’]
The video documents the moving image element of the work, showing the way that prisms placed on the ipod screens refracted the images moving underneath. The shorts themselves are taken from fan tributes to the sci-fi movie Equilibrium, which includes some key scenes in an interrogation room with a black glass table. These are set to a Bach fugue - which is slowed down slightly and then repeated reversed. This mirrors the structure of the notes themselves itself which are arranged as a aural palindrome; with a sequence of notes that are the same upside down as right way up.