VALHALLA NOCTURNE

Valhalla Nocturne, a series of color photographic collages, was born of often finding myself buried in a video game late at night. Almost anyone who regularly plays video games occasionally has these experiences of deep immersion where suddenly hours slip by as the boundaries between the game and self blur. These moments can be intensely anxious, thoroughly surreal, nearly hallucinogenic, and are almost always difficult to talk about. Using extremely long exposures and shaky hand-held close-ups, I started photographing the screen as I played to capture shards and shadows of these moments of time- and identity-slippage.  Following shadowy hints and hunches, I started printing those photographs and cutting out pieces of them, tracing the currents of the internal formal language of images.

Influenced as much by Cornelius Cardew’s exceedingly cryptic Treatise (a massive musical score written in an idiosyncratic visual design) as by the screen-worlds of video games, I started assembling the fragments of the game photographs into rhythmic clusters. These works have became sections of a dream-soundtrack to a journey through the subconscious landscapes that bloom from constant exposure to the combat and strife of these late-night virtual worlds. Valhalla Nocturne continues my deep interest in finding ways that hobbies, fandoms, and leisure obsessions can be utilized as a rich source for making art and examining the media-saturated world in which we live.