video installation, loop
The material with which Gussin created his video installation was taken from the Kubrick's film “2001 Space Odyssey” (1968), from the famous Stargate sequence. The work consists of two monitors or screens on which are shown two edits from the scene, one approximately three minutes, the other approximately four-and-a-half minutes long. Although the two videos begin in the same place, they quickly become unsynchronised, showing different parts of the scene in which Bowman is subjected to a number of disorientating perceptual shifts and physical transformations. In using two unsynchronised screens in “Beyond the Infinite”, Gussin heightens the dislocations that Bowman experiences, allowing the opportunity for him to share the same space with his past or future self.
Graham Gussin was born in London in 1960 where he lives and works. He studied at Middlesex Polytechnic between 1981 and 1985 and did his Master at Chelsea School of Art in 1990.
Graham Gussin uses a wide range of media, including texts, drawings, film, video, sound and installation, to explore the perception of time, space and scale as an organic link between the pieces, the viewer and the exhibition space. His works frequently appropriate and manipulate images and literary narratives taken from art history, popular culture and, above all, cinema. His deconstruction of cinematic materials reveals a special interest in film language's structural sediment rather than its narrative articulations. The resulting ambiguity engenders a new type of deconstruction: of the notion of the sublime, which is questioned through a continuous journey between apparent proximity (transparency of the image) and effective distance (decoding its narrative connections).