The philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) referred to the a priori concepts of space and time. As human beings, we operate within this world according to and relative to them. The concept of entanglement on the other hand resides without these constraints. As far as my photographic practice is concerned, I endeavour to capture a moment in time, using the unique capability of the camera, and in so doing to record a hint of the hidden reality. Reality, of course, for us, exists in time and space as well, and this is where the concept of individual Being, as described by the likes of Heidegger, can be glimpsed. Entanglement, which is plural in concept, exists in the world of “dark” physics where 5% of matter is known about and the rest unknown. The object-oriented approach to my photography resides in the 5% category that is known but the plural nature of Being remains known but unknown – that is we know it exists but know little about it.
The videos I made early in Year 2 of my PhD were a moment of revelation as I began to see a world where objects emerged and withdrew in front of my eyes.
A World of Objects
Emerging and Withdrawing Objects
This for me was a manifestation of the worlds that Harman and Heidegger had spoken of, where objects continually conceal and reveal themselves in our world. My videos, I would argue, provide a glimpse of entanglement and the 5% category discussed above.
My practice is articulated in the Ten-Signifier Onion Diagram below and refers to a meditative state of awareness (zonal flow) which I also call “dwelling” that I seek to access in my practice.
It is a non-conscious state of awareness that allows me to use the camera intuitively and on occasion press the shutter without intent. At this moment I withdraw from space and time and day-to-day experience and enter a realm that only the camera can observe. I would argue that is the point when the possibility of capturing Derrida’s unnameable glimmer and Harman’s allure, occurs. The signifier described in my practice as “zonal flow” allows me the opportunity to access a world of ontological entanglement, whereas the normally conscious world of photographic practice is only able to record physical entanglement.