Daniel von Sturmer
2nd February – 23rd March 2019
Anna Schwartz Gallery
In CATARACT, 81 screens presented as a singular object, play short videos of small-scale ‘events’. A combination of impromptu recordings and staged scenarios, the work presents a dynamic array of moments that document everyday physical processes and occurrences: spinning, falling, breaking, burning, growing, slowing, starting, stopping… the world is full of happenings, but it is only through selective attention that meaning is found.
Wittgenstein stated that the world divides into facts. Our propositions about the world rest on the facts that we hold to be true, yet in perception we can only focus on a small number of concurrent events before we begin selecting through our own prejudice. We attend to what we deem worthy of attention. Read against or beside a multitude of other images, significance can be magnified or nullified by context. Things happen, all at once. Not a cacophony but a cataclysm.
CATARACT constructs an experience where the viewer is presented with a proposition about the world as a complex, synthesised totality, through its assemblage of discrete, atomised moments. The work emphasises the limitations of our cognitive perception – things are more readily either/or, this or that – rather than accepted as discursive, rhizomic, and refracted. Instead, CATARACT presents a series of unfolding contradictions and juxtapositions as a dynamic field of relations in time, space and perception.