The extension of an angle first approached by Vutuc in the context of the 2018 George Pomp It Up residency in Nancy, France, « SCRATCHING ON SURFACE OF BLURRY ECHOING, THE GRAIN» explores the credibility of appearances even as strong as tangible, via a questioning of the physical medium as an effective format to relay data, highlighting its inherent limitations.
One reoccurring theme in Vutuc’s work is the transmission of information, complete with its natural selection, alteration and deformation throughout time. Here, captured images - fragmented, curated cuts of reality - are presented to be not just explored, but challenged in their fidelity as the question of their physical density gets rivaled by the comparable weight of copies; Vutuc pairs up the seemingly static format of photocopiers, celluloid and Super 8 film and, then, projection techniques - playing with layers of surfaces and transparencies as varying vibrations also audibly resonate, life fuses with machinery through celluloid and confusion, then doubt are introduced by a duality of projectors competing for validity in their respective outputs.
The raised question being, can we ever step behind the projected information and still grasp the full picture? How far can we really walk away from our stands? Vutuc sees the « scratching on the surface of blurry dream and fantasy as the only existing reality, based on self-creation », echoing his own treatment of materials, defying the familiarity of form, demonstrating how all images are products.
Text by Aymeric Nocus
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