Oceans 32


25 May – 12 June

Exhibition Opening

Saturday 28th May

4 – 6 pm


Thirty-two streams of the ocean taken from unsecured surveillance networks allude to the instability of human perception and the liminal self in contemporaneity. Employing a tension between the myriad patterns of the natural world, against the friction of inconsistent video resolutions, the work poses questions regarding the hierarchy of physical and digital existence. Conjuring further concerns around the omnipresence and normalisation of surveillance in both the private and public sphere. Dissolving uncomfortable lines between digital and physical reality.


Melbourne-based artist Joseph Blair (b. 1995) works between photographic, mixed media and moving image mediums. His practice involves the social and emotional impacts that stem from our collective relationships with technology and online spaces. Within this field of focus, he is particularly interested in surveillance and security, artificial intelligence, the blurring geographic lines within technological realms and the ties between the natural and electronic worlds. His works explore this liminal space/self by grappling with raw and vibrant imagery taken from both the obscure and the mundane.



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