© Jessica Barness
The composer John Cage once said, “Disharmony… is simply a harmony to which many are unaccustomed.” Manipulating the alphanumeric code behind digital sounds and images manifests through fractures and glitches. In D-I-S-H-A-R-M-O-N-Y, collages were developed to represent each letter in the word disharmony; each image absorbs and displays parts of the next. Similarly, phonetic sounds for each letter were sampled and remixed, strung together to pronounce disharmony like a disjointed acronym.
Audio and image play off one another in The New Absurdity as a mashing of two audio samples of written quotations, “The concept of absurdity is something I’m attracted to” (David Lynch) and “Pity that the shock of the new is... anything but new” (Jessica Helfand). Fragments of the Lynch quote are accompanied by images, while the Helfand quote plays over blank frames. The repeated elements at the end are like ghosts, the serendipitous result of broken digital codes.