Material and Technique
"...If there is anything interesting in composing, sound or image, with or without computers, is the opportunity to deal with abstract concepts while manipulating concrete material..."
Go Back to Hiding in the Shadows - Material & Technique
Go Back to Hiding in the Shadows collection of audiovisual works is a digital granary of processed instrumental and electronic sounds, field recordings, rock formations, plants, animals and swarms.
I have worked with custom software to algorithmically process the source material, generatively creating configurations of visuals and sound; a collaboration between human and algorithm, the work constitutes an audiovisual 'narrative of becoming' and questions the relationship between the digital and the organic.
The prime source material of the work consists of deconstructed human voices, physical instruments and field recordings dissolved in an imagery of photographs, videos and processed visual material collected around the Troodos mountain range on the island of Cyprus.
The collection also seeks to explore place and identity as mutually defining forces whose interactions cannot be simplified or easily represented. "While creating the narrative of the performance I wanted to discover for myself what it is that connects me with the region (Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean) where I grew up and developed the foundation of my personality and view of the world. I realised that what we people accept as place of origin, is what the establishment imposes on us which is usually the fabricated idea of nation and country. I visited the area again and again trying to understand what it means to me; nothing more than an introvert way of living, the experience of my reality, not a poor representation of it." - Pandelis Diamantides, interview Oddstream Festival
Quickly Photographed and Released Unharmed - Material & Technique
Quickly Photographed and Released Unharmed is a collection of generative audiovisual artworks. The collection is part of an ongoing research into the non-representational use of screens.
The artworks carefully deploy light as a medium; after-images from previous frames are superimposed over newer frames in the vision of the viewer. This optical layering means that light patterns perceived by the eye and brain complement to the visual material currently presented on screen. By exploiting the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception the viewer becomes an integral part of the artwork, simultaneously the observer and the creator.