I Can't Describe It in A Short Space of Time


Made in collaboration with Alex Buchan, I Can't Describe it in a Short Space of Time (2016) focusses on the visuoperceptual difficulties associated with dementia. Made weeks after Dementia becoming the UK's largest cause of death, I Can't Describe it in a Short Space of Time portrays a triptych of degradation using over 3000 scans.

Edited frame by frame, the project reveals degradation in the narrator Ian, a sufferer of Dementia, and in Ian's former home with which the scans depict in a state of degradation and transition, and in the recording instrument itself; the flatbed scanner whose ability to create shadow is almost nil and its ability to focus is limited to the millimetre. 

Creating this project we discovered that Dementia was not just in the brain but in the eyes. As a consequence, the piece is a visuoperceptual exploration; it encourages the viewer to identify and perceive, something a person with dementia deeply struggles with. The piece also explores the disconnection between remembering and memory and as a consequence the merging of imagination with the remaining memories. This is done through an exploration of the physical space in the visuals and in the memory space in the audio. 

The project takes its inspiration from the work of Nicky Hamlyn and David Hockney's Joiners.

To see more information, please click the blog we made for the project: www.buchands.weebly.com .