Yesterday afternoon C & i spent some time at the Christchurch Art Gallery entranced by Daniel Crooks‘ videos. Why had we not heard of this guy [New Zealand born and living in Melbourne] nor encountered any of his work before now? We felt we ought to have been aware of him earlier.
Exhibited under the title, ‘everywhere instantly’, these pieces of manipulated video, 8 altogether, are a compelling delight. Crooks composes his films [to give you some idea via this very crude description of his art] by slicing video footage and reassembling these slices repeated and distorted. The effect is kind of a visual equivalent of Philip Glass‘s music. Words can’t convey any clear notion of what these films are like; if you are in Christchurch do go see them for yourself.