Discomposed, 2012

2012 | Discomposed, 3 Videoloops: HD, 16:9, colour, stereo. Screen 1 duration 2′ 25″, screen 2 duration 43″, screen 2 duration 18″ 

Propaganda Window, Melbourne, Federation Square, Melbourne: July and mid-August 2012; later touring to Xin Dong Cheng Gallery, Beijing, 2013;  public viewing corner near Mauerpark, Berlin 2013.

Discomposed is a three-part work that combines footage from his family’s now obsolete 8mm camera with out-takes from his own digital experiments. These discards have been combined to form three interrelated video projections that adopt visual tropes of fear and ‘other’ so often adopted by mass media and cinema. Using intentional film noir metaphors gives the work an anxious, uneasy mood – something that is intentionally ambiguous and disconcerting.

My art practice has followed on from having lived in Latin America at the end of the Pinochet regime. Of course in a real sense, the enemy is no longer the dictator but ‘data systems’, corporate power, blind acceptance of dominance of the “market” model of democracy. For me there always a case of finding ways to intercept dominant discourses particularly media discourses. I see video and public screenings as an important form of intervention – to recover the public ‘space’ in the need to re-imagine the image.

3 part videoloops: https://vimeo.com/46267420  ; https://vimeo.com/46265060 ;  https://vimeo.com/46264792


Gianni Wise, “Discomposed” (mockup of stills from videoloops: HD, 16:9, colour, stereo), 2012 

Gianni Wise, “Discomposed”, (street view at Propaganda Window, Melbourne), 2012. Photo: Michael Meneghetti