Just Looking

Just looking is an exploration into collaborative and solo looking in strange times. Capturing moments of noticing, that melt and mould into the passing of time. Three strangers come together over 5 months meeting and working through a screen, changing and being changed by one another.

With the gigantic pause button that had been pressed on our physical needs to be anywhere, we found ourselves locked in a pendular state of looking.

Just looking become a pro-active state of digesting and discovering the textures, signs and change that surrounded us. We sought pleasures in just looking at crisp newly formed blossoms hovering in a halo of blue lights or clusters of moss spawning from the rim of a neglected car window.

Just Looking is passive and unapologetic. Scorned as time wasting, it is a portal to imagine, a space for daydream and the pure mystery of unknowing in order to know.

Just Looking is despondent and confined, mediated through liquid crystal displays and lenses of fused silica and sand. Just Looking is to browse, to be non-comital, to indulge in orientating oneself amongst one’s desires. It is a private space of sorting surplus from value, and of seeking a window through which to be part of that on which we look.

Just Looking is a window exhibition in Deptford, 3 Market Yard, London 17 -23 May, housed in a commercial display window and an online moving image artwork.

The physical exhibition consists of a mechanical image clock that plays with the onlooker’s attention to participate in the act of Just Looking. The longer one participates in Just Looking they are rewarded with a new combination of images that offer up a story of sequential moments, images frozen in to print by unseen authors in different locations bound together by a trail of Zoom meetings and emails.  The visible mechanics both charm and beguile in their simplicity in a world accustomed to the workings hidden behind a screen.

It is within this space of questioning how one experiences orientation through Just Looking, that the online artwork seduces the viewer through disorientation and repetition. Through excess it invites one to disband with productive time and become captivated by the alluring fall of image after image and to succumb to Just Looking.