For the final day of Aspect: A particular mode of viewing we've got an instalment from the artist Lucy Teoh. Take a look at her video artwork on our Youtube channel, read below to find out more about her practice and the ideas behind this piece, and don't forgot to join us at 6pm for the artists and curators in conversation.
Lucy Teoh is an artist and filmmaker based in Leeds, whose practice explores the notion of liminal places and the illusion of film. Teoh sees the moving image as the threshold between reality and illusion; accurately reproducing the appearance of what is in front of the lens, but only producing a copy, never a full recreation of the physical thing. Paramount to her practice is the film theory ‘the persistence of vision’, a biological phenomenon that causes the human eye to see continuous movement when presented with a sequence of still images as in film and video. Recently, Teoh’s work reflects upon spaces – both physical and abstract – which implore the viewer to reconsider themselves and their surroundings. Many of her films combine analogue and digital techniques and explore the relationship between the two mediums. Currently she is a part of the artist-led initiative ‘We Belong Here’ which specialises in creating artistic opportunities and events.
The artwork for this exhibition was shot in Berlin, in 2019, during a three month stay. Frames explores the architecture of the city in two different moving image mediums; Super8 and digital video. It's structured showing the different mediums one after another, inviting the viewer to make direct comparisons between the two methods of filming. For this exhibition, the video is reimagined into a two-channel installation with one monitor showing the analogue and one the digital. The title Frames refers to the multiple levels of framing throughout the video. There is the frame of the television monitors, the frame of the buildings within the cameras, and the framing of the composition in which the brutalist architecture breaks down into shapes and lines; motionless within the digital film but on Super8 they move and dance about.
- Lucy Teoh