Particle #02

Particle strips back the visual façades of the city to reveal an immaterial web beneath. Processed urban imagery fluctuates between recognisable urban landscapes and abstract, data-like patterns, combined with dense sound textures, layered harmonies, abstract rhythms and snippets of found sounds. Particle creates an arresting, dream-like vista of a city that exists as much in the virtual as in physical space.

In its deconstruction of the visual and audible urban fabric, Particle alludes to the fragmented reality of everyday life. In today’s cities, new spaces have appeared: spaces of flows, webs of connections for communication, exchange and control that have come to transcend the limitations of actual physical space. In what is the main driving force behind globalisation, traditional ideas of territory have almost been dissolved, while new centres of power are emerging at the nodal points that regulate the flows of global networks.

The source material for Particle is from a pool of video and sound collected across the globe for the D-Fuse documentary film Endless Cities. Particle is concerned with processes of abstraction. Both images and sounds have been broken into fragments and then reconfigured, in a parallel to the data flows that permeate the urban fabric.