2012 – 2013. Digital video, media player, slide viewers, plastic.
Slideshow drew on existing video footage uploaded by waterslide enthusiasts. The impulse to share these experiences via video is translated into the experience of putting one’s head in a PVC pipe periscope, to view a portable media player through ‘slide viewers’ made for viewing photographic transparencies. Rather than creating a stereoscopic illusion of depth, the left and right views mirrored one another to disorientating effect. Many of the featured waterslides incorporated an array of optical patterns, psychedelic designs and changing lights.The relative symmetry of the left and right views moved in and out of synchronisation, heightening this disorienting optical play.
In her discussion of the work, Rachael Parsons emphasised the physicality of the viewing experience; “For Handran, his manipulation and misuse of photographic and moving image technologies places an emphasis on the viewers embodied relationship to the mediation of image. So one becomes aware not only of the apparatus that facilitate visual experience, but also the physical process of engaging in visual perception; in the case of Handran’s viewfinder devices this process moves as the viewer first approaches the object, bending down or stretching up to get to the required eye level, bringing ones face to align with the viewing holes or goggles, looking, seeing and then comprehending the image. This directed, intimate engagement acts almost as a form of intervention, disrupting our desensitisation to image caused by a constant overexposure to screens and digital imagery.”