is an investigation into the materiality of a digital video camera body catalysed by the dissection of a Blackmagic Cinema Camera from 2012. Via a series of mirrors that reflect images of the device back onto its own sensor, the camera videos itself as its body is systematically dismembered. The parts are then analysed to construct a complete chemical portrait. The film considers video montage as a process of capture and reanimation, drawing links between the assemblage of geological resources (camera manufacture) and the sequencing of static images (film montage).
Capture is currently in development and will premiere at:
Sam Smith: Capture
, UNSW Galleries, 7 May – 31 July 2021
This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the UNSW Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, Solid State & Elemental Analysis Unit.