Erica Seccombe 2006, Ocular, 2006,
Duration 2.09 min looped, edition 5.
Dimensions vary according to installation
Ocular has been exhibited in
- 2006, Super Natural, Alsager UK
- 2008 Alice Springs Art Prize
Ocular is a metaphor for contemporary scientific techniques and processes such as nanotechnology. The title plays on the concept of vision and eight limbs, this work is the first in a series of animations entitled Nanoplastica. To create this work Erica used 3D Microcomputer Tomography (XTC) which enables scientists to see the three-dimensional structure of material, such as tissue, rock or fossil, at nano-scale. What you are seeing in Ocular is the external and internal structure of a miniature plastic Octopus, it’s three-dimensional data rendered in a unique scientific program called Drishti. By using readymade plastic replica’s Erica's use of the XTC transcends the scientific and technological rationalism of the original media. However, while seemingly playful, this work seriously examines issues of visualization, replication and simulation of the natural world.
Created using Drishti with the assistance Associate Professor Tim Senden and the Department of Applied Mathematics Microscopic X-Ray Tomography Facility and Dr Ajay Limay and Vizlab at the Supercomputer Center, Australian National University.