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Afterimage, 2009
Four-channel video, running time 4:00 minutes

Afterimage examines perceptual phenomena, such as persistence of vision, and the limits of human vision. The blasts of lightning momentarily overpower or “blind” us, reducing imagery to inchoate, fluctuating afterimages. The recorded image allows us to see things we cannot discern—how the lines of lightning define and redefine themselves on charged trajectories, remembering their own pathways a second after the first strike. And yet it is difficult for us to grasp the fact of the recorded image since it carries with it an afterimage that is an artifact of our sight. The camera and eye are responsible for separate images within the piece that commingle in our visual experience, reminding us that our vision always marries interpretation with exterior stimuli..

 

SHARON HARPER