Jamie Jenkinson: Optical Works

23 September -24 October 2015

reception 6-8pm 23 Sept

Video captures single moments in time at a rate of around 0.000000016091194 seconds, assigning each with a single colour pixel, amalgamated into video stills. These stills, a consolidation of 2,073,600 spatially and temporally defined moments, then play in a sequence of 30fps (29.97 frames per second in the NTSC system). To put this into context, if each of these moments in time corresponded to film, which runs at 24fps, one second of recorded time in video would last 29.97 days. What we are actually seeing is millions of moments, recorded and presented at a rapidity far beyond our perceptual limits, creating the illusion of images moving in continuous time. 

Where the pixels of a digital image are synonymous to the rods and cones of the eye, video and optical perception read reality by breaking it down through a sensory systems of smaller parts. Through the rigid form of videos progressive-scan new images can arise, and although the eyes process is less implicit, it too can be manipulated. The works in the show discuss the relationship between digital and optical imaging by distorting their limitations, producing new images drawn through the reception of light. 

Jamie Jenkinson is a London based video artist specialising in consumer video imaging. He studied Video Art Production at UCA, Maidstone (founded by David Hall), Visual Communication at RCA, London, and is currently a PhD candidate at LICA, Lancaster, funded by the AHRC. His work has been exhibited internationally including Tate Britain, MoMA, Hermitage Museum and National Portrait Gallery. He is currently artist in residence at the V&A, and runs the online gallery XVIIX.

The work can be viewed at the reception (all welcome) or during opening times 1 – 6pm Thursday – Saturday, at 2 – 4 Highbury Station Road, Highbury Islington N1 1SB, London or by appointment via email. C4RD is a Registered UK Charity 1123530, and would particularly like to acknowledge the support for this exhibition of the Dovehouse Trust.