Stevens, Grant William (2007) Matter. [Visual Artwork]


In this video, an abstract swirling colour-field animation is accompanied by a female voice-over that describes facts and analogies about the earth, the universe and our place in it. This work engages with scientific language and the signifying processes of analogy. It questions the capacity of language to describe epic ideas like the qualities and quantities of the universe and our place in it. By emphasizing the absurdity of describing the scale and formation of the universe through analogies with the ‘everyday’, this work draws attention to the limits of verbal language and its assumed relationship to rational thought.

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ID Code: 49872
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: digital video
Measurements or Duration: 6 min 33 sec
Location: From date: To date:
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 2007
Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney 2007
Keywords: art, video, universe, abstraction, colour
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Grant Stevens
Deposited On: 25 Apr 2012 22:42
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2012 22:42

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