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Transillumination (A Moment of Noise in Memory of Absence), 2016

by Kailum Graves

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

Transillumination (A Moment of Noise in Memory of Absence), 2016 by Kailum Graves
Video: 9 minutes

Transillumination (A Moment of Noise in Memory of Absence) is comprised of thousands of self-portraits created by capturing the transmission of light through different parts of my body with a mobile phone. Transillumination of the skin is performed to visualise subsurface blood volume and blood oxygen saturation; however, by repeating the process in this portrait, it creates an ambiguous sequence of moving images that exist somewhere between art and life, the organic and inorganic. The work is a combination of performance and videography and takes the form of both an abstract self portrait and a binary landscape.

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