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My own Worst Enemy

John Tonkin

digital video, 10” photo frame, digital file on DVD, 8 minutes.

Artist statement:

This work grew out of my playing around with a 1960’s camera macro bellows attached to an HD camera. I decided I wanted to make a kind of audit of my aging body.

I have been reading a lot about embodied cognition and the nature of perception. About how vision, for example, is not a merely passive act (whereby light falls on the retina) but is an active and directed process — more like how we think about touch.

The soundtrack consists of extracts from the Apollo missions, particularly stuff relating to approaching surfaces (landing, docking). The hyper-rationality of the soundtrack contrasts with the ambiguous softness of the image.

my own worst enemy, – via Vimeo