E.A BYRNE





the precipice

the precipice

The Precipice
Mixed Media Video Installation at FOLD Gallery London
Video, projector, wood rafters, collaged footage from Hollywood disaster films
2010
Byrne & Lau

Extract from essay Whether to Laugh or Die by Paul Carey-Kent..

"The images in ‘The Precipice’ are fragmented by their projection onto what look like a set of roof beams. They're propped untidily, but not so disrupted as to be the obvious result of an explosion. Rather, they make us wonder about their origin, and constitute a device which in turn points to the devices which the films themselves trade in - while at the same time the beams splinter the footage to the point at which it is only just legible. That effect chimes with the profusion of the media, its multiple layering of reality, and the confusions likely in the build-up to a disaster. ‘The Precipice’ also provides a contrast with the other three, starker, elements of the show."