2011 – 2013. Digital video, digital photoframe, speakers, cardboard, lenses.
To produce the work Stereostereoscope, earphone components were used as multi-pinhole lenses to create an abstract stereoscopic video of shifting points of light that resembled enlarged pixels; an analogue optical effect that mimicked a digital one. These interventions ‘played against the apparatus’ to abstract the imagery and to highlight the materiality of the technology itself. In contrast to the emergent conventions of digital 3D cinema, the viewing experience in this work involves witnessing the image breakdown as much as it is of perceiving a spectacle. Inspired by low-tech conversions of found objects into stereo speakers, the work’s video and audio are housed in a cardboard box. The title plays upon the doubling that is implied by ‘stereo’ in relation to both sound and vision, and denoted an oscillation between the two.
Curator Rachael Parsons described the low-tech nature of the work: “While Handran revels in the use of the everyday, employing DIY techniques and discarded or low budget materials, he does so with the skill of an alchemist, imbuing what was obsolete and banal with a sense of wonder and nostalgic delight. His works ‘Stereostereoscope’ (2012) and ‘Slideshow’ (2012-13), become phenomenological objects, objects of attention and invention that are invested in meaning, communicated through an engrossed experience with optical and stereoscopic devices.”