The AR Joiners use multiple layered paper markers to recreate a scene composed of individual video clips. The AR Joiners were inspired by the technical possibility of utilizing simultaneous markers and by artist David Hockey’s concepts of a totality of vision in his photocollage work, also known as his “joiners”.
One of David Hockney’s photo joiners below, “The Merced River, Yosemite Valley”, 1982.
In conversation with writer and friend Lawrence Weschler, Hockney states of his photocollages, “I realized that this sort of picture came closer to how we actually see, which is to say, not all-at-once but rather in discrete, separate glimpses which we then build up into our continuous experience of the world” (Weschler 11). Hockney continues, “There are a hundred separate looks across time from which I synthesize my living impression of you” (11). The act of seeing is a process of synthesis akin to Hockney’s combination of photographs, each square documenting a separate look to compose a totality of the cumulative experience of seeing “across time” and forming, as Hockney states, a “living impression”, shaping and growing continually. This is what the AR Joiners seek to create, extending Hockney’s concepts to use video clips in a tactile composite form, as opposed to still photographs.
*UPDATE: see the Waterfall taken outdoors
Joyce, Paul. Hockney on Photography: Conversations with Paul Joyce. London: J. Cape, 1988.
Weschler, Lawrence. Cameraworks. New York: Knopf, 1984.