Reality and Non-Reality

This Text is on-going and will most likely never be completed as I may never find a definitive answer

This is all based off of my understanding through experience and conversation, I cannot then be asked to word everything in a way that advocates that this is all suggestions. But it is also not fact! Please understand this as a theory.

A therapeutic experience is one where time travels in a normal state but with zero distractions, a moment of no-thing-ness allows the audience to immerse themselves into the Virtual experience where the borders of reality and non-reality are blurred.

The presentation of the passing of time (where narrative isn’t affecting the movement of time) between the virtual reality (non-reality) and reality are blurred as both are presented in the same format with time unchanged. Though the limitation of the non-reality; it captures a fragment if time and attempts to present itself as an ongoing moment, but loops to reset time.

“My experimental TV is not always interesting but not always uninteresting like nature, where is beautiful, not because it changes beautifully, but simply because it changes”. Nam June Paik, 1964

The movement of time and the concepts of an end point in the video are always factors by storage, time can travel until it is full. This end point affects the outcome of a project, what is captured within the non-reality then constructs a so called narrative. In attempting to create the ideologies of structural film using these materials (360° camera) you end with this place of escape where you can finally be one with the work in a meditative state. This state of mind comes from a person’s willingness to experience the work long enough where they finally are taken in by their new surroundings.

When relating practice to meditation, research at times goes into an analysis of patience. “In Zen they say; if something is boring after two minutes, try it for four, if still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all”.  John Cage//How to Do Nothing//Jenny Odell//Pg. 95

I find myself to be always faced with the ongoing annoyance of process, on one side the construction of reality, depth and height is so important to capturing the key aspects of a reality. On the other I do not want to talk about these labours as they become a focus which is a distraction from the art. As I call it the invisible labours, they must be “perfect” in order to be reconstruction of reality.

The non-reality is an area of unlimited potential, but its ability to isolate you from your surroundings can be considered its true potential, to allow the mind to mediate in a place of peace. “Paik wanted to make technology appear closer to humanity, rather than the product of complex and hidden scientific processes … By making technology approachable and less intimidating, Paik hoped to reclaim it for peace”. Nam June Paik//Experiments: Robots//Tate Modern//

I always found my works to be purposely boring… in doing so I made works that were more interesting than I expected and had control over. When turning on the camera and capturing all angles, you’ll always find something to look at. In that sense it’s no different to sitting on the bus, things happen.

“The moment when the higher beings are not talking to you, the moment when you are disconnected and go into this deep boredom … this is really a great experience”. Peter Fischli//Peter Fischli on Sigmar Polke//Tate Etc.//Autumn 2014