Other Days, Other Eyes (2019) refers to the evolution of the ubiquitous recording infrastructures that surround us and reflects on the generation and transmission of that information as well as society’s growing abundance of cotidian and banal information.
The installation consists of a hanging platform from which glass forms are suspended. Some of these contain cameras that record footage which can be viewed, with varying delays, on a screen placed on the floor.
The piece combines live footage with varying curiosities of the everyday, archived elements, and analog glass blobs laden with the weight of the collected digital content. Smaller blobs seep out of the walls, evoking budding newcomers that may very well grow up to become a camera one day, speculating on the evolution of live architectural organisms. The work captures the coexistence of the physical and the virtual, the natural and artificial, the real, the imagined, and the absurd.
Film duration is 7 minutes
Like much of the work, this piece is inspired by the writings of J. G. Ballard; in this instance, a short story called “Sound-Sweep” wherein a passage reads, “the sonic strata of everyday urban life… is so without respite that it is literally embedded within walls and surfaces”.
The title of the work is borrowed from a science fiction novel by Bob Shaw of the same name. The novel centers around a new material called “slow glass” that slows the transmission of light, turning the mysterious substance into a decorative recording and transmission device.