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Body Emulsion Detachment, 2016

by Lucas Davidson

Finalist, Digital Portraiture Award 2016
Single-channel HD digital video

Body Emulsion Detachment, 2016 by Lucas Davidson
Video: 14 minutes

Part of a series which aims to challenge the conventions of the photographic self-portrait, Body Emulsion Detachment presents the body as an ever-changing image held together by a thin film of photo emulsion. The repeated folding of the image distorts the body, leaving an elusive trace that is never fully realised as a whole. Nonlinearity and fragmentation are sometimes seen as dangerous; they are often associated with chaos, but in many ways they are very close to reality. I wanted to create a self portrait where change is the only constant.

Courtesy of Dominik Mersch Gallery

Related information

Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes

Digital Portraiture Award 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

An annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in new technology.

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