I finished my dissertation entitled, ‘Using the work, If I Hear a Loud Bang, I’ll Count to 10 Slowly Then Walk Towards It (2018) by Jules Bishop as a prism, explore how embodiment through the medium of video art affects us in the ‘now”.
The writing was divided into five chapters, Liminality, Embodiment, Sublime, Trauma and Technology. It featured works by Bill Viola, Douglas Gordon, Richard Mosse, Ulf Aminde and Dennis Del Favero and drew upon theories from Gilles Deleuze and Francis Varela. It used a methodology of reducing time to its most minute instances and investigated how these moments are embodied by humans, how they were presented through art and how this is changing in the technological era.
It concentrated on the importance of the senses within the domain of time and how powerful the medium of video is at being able to convey the feeling of time and to experience it differently from alternative perspectives. Concluding that the technological sublime has enabled the enlargement of now, it showed how by experiencing time internally, subjectively, endogenous responses could bring about new processes of interaction.
“Duration is relative to what it relates to. The nano-liminal moment between vacuum and blast can equally equate to the longer time period of a glacier starting to melt and then disappearing. It is my belief that we are currently in a liminal phase with regards to climate change, where consciousness of the crisis is at its peak. A sublime re-rhythming based on sensation could bring about endogenous responses and therefore new ways of thinking”. Bishop, J. (2020).