Ed's Spiral Piece

Li, Edwin
Edwin Li made this work while he was still a student at Newcastle University. He was experimenting with filming techniques and pointed a camera at a monitor which was receiving the video signal from the camera at the same time. This created a video feedback loop, similar to the one created with an audio feedback when a microphone is placed near its own speaker. Intrigued by the imagery and interested in the possibility of creating images ‘that seize the imagination… that stimulate and entertain’, Li edited the footage to emphasis the kaleidoscopic effects of the geometrical patterns. Depending on the pace, the spirals appear to be staircases, keyboards or totally abstract patters and seem to reference Busby Berkely musicals and as well as Constructivism; the quickening music adds to the frantic illusions. The music is taken from extracts which Li heard on a BBC Radio 3 programme (Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Carl Vine’s ‘Celebrare Celeberrime’). Ann Jones
  • Artwork Details: running time: 4 minutes 24seconds
  • Edition: ed 2 of 8
  • Material description: DVD
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme:
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC27/2006



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