REUBEN BRAITHWAITE AND MONICA ROSS
The video and sound content of iris has been generated by performances and installations by Monica Ross with which this new work shares the generic title: iris. The title describes Ross’s continuous investigation into experience and the means of its representation, a process which manifests itself in a range of media. The view of the camera is implicit to the subject of her work, the visible production of video in parallel with the live event is key to the presentation and spatially dispersed structure of her performance and installations. In these works elements characteristically move through different media, spaces and time.
The iris CD brings video and sound fragments from pre-existing works together with material produced specifically for the iris CD. Ross and Braithwaite have considered these fragments not as documentation but as working material.
Reuben Braithwaite’s work negotiates alternative dialogues; hybrid events in the coincidence of data and media entities. The iris fragments are configured within a dynamic mechanism developed by Braithwaite. Fragments use this mechanism as the means to locate themselves and recognise each other in relationships which are independent of temporal and spatial origin.