Collection of Motion: Rockets (Hyper Hope), 2019

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Humans since 1982
Collection of Motion: Rockets (Hyper Hope), 2019
Video, audio, smartphones, coated aluminium, electronic components
1600 x 1110  x 520 mm

Collection of Motion: Rockets (Hyper Hope), presents found footage of rocket launches atop an alterlike sculpture, accompanied by the looped audio of cheering crowds. The rockets are reminiscent of votive candles that can be found in many churches to symbolise prayers offered and reverence to a higher power. Rockets (Hyper Hope) suggests a dedication to the perseverance and optimism that makes each of these journeys possible, while drawing parallels between the hope implicit in religion and science when faced with questions about our existence and purpose.

Each rocket is suspended in time, captured mid take-off. Beyond the recognisable backdrop of the sky the rockets are completely aspatial. With no orientation in space they are full of potential but unable to ever reach their destination.

Collection of Motion (2018 - ongoing) is a new series of works by Humans since 1982 that captures and collects motion by presenting moving image across multiple screens. Each collection presents a series of looped videos extracted from their context. Rendered timeless and placeless they are distilled into motion in its purest sense, displayed as if it were an obtainable object that could be possessed and cherished. Presented with the meticulousness of a connoisseur, Collection of Motion explores the human desire to sentimentalise, acquire and rationalise as a way of retaining control and order. In gathering and assembling these ephemeral images Humans since 1982 continue to explore their ongoing interest in the paradox of collecting the uncollectable.