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RUMINANDO
Venice, Italy
 

HD video diptych (6” x 26”) and

Large-format photographic diptych series

2006

A high-definition video diptych and a large-format photographic series.  This project stems from an interest in the difference between predator and prey vision:  while predators have frontal, binocular vision and a keen sense of depth, prey animals have peripheral vision a keen awareness of motion.  By emulating the visual space of a prey animal, wandering the maze-like alleys of Venice, Ruminando (Italian for “ruminating,” which connotes “chewing the cud,” or “reflecting”) plays upon the history of visual representation.  It harkens back to the animals depicted on the walls in the caves of Lascaux, the architectural spaces in imperial Roman Wall paintings and the convoluted spaces in mythic labyrinths.  Most importantly it engages single point perspectival paintings from the Renaissance, which are strongly frontal and evince the relationship between political power and aesthetics.  The perceptual experience that Ruminando provokes is meant, in the end, to lead to thinking critically about how we see and how we “image” the world.