Carrying a stone in each eye utilises a specific optical instrument known as a borescope – a small camera fitted to a flexible tube, designed to non-destructively investigate and report on otherwise-inaccessible areas, such as the interior of turbines, the bore of a rifle or plumbing mysteries.
This kind of device produces a vision of things we aren’t able, or supposed to be able, to see. (In some ways, despite its similar surveillance function, it is the opposite of the all-seeing eye-in-the-sky; in contrast to the drone’s lofty all-encompassing view, the borescope/endoscope inches incrementally towards its target along the poky confines of walls, tubes, pipes and canals). It infiltrates, and in its reporting, provides a perspective that is constitutively different to everyday vision.
Text by Danni Zuvela.
Originally published as an accompanying essay for Something that happened but never took place at Bus Projects in 2019.
Carrying a stone in each eye is presented as part of STRAY VOLTAGE, KINGS Artist Run’s iterative video program, collaboratively facilitated by Rebecca McCauley and Aaron Claringbold. Looking to the potential that exists between seemingly incompatible ideas, STRAY VOLTAGE premises an experimental program of critically engaged moving image works, fundamentally grounded by the earth.