Gwynedd Davies

Unfolding the Field State

PhD candidate

  • Gwynedd Davies

The flickering or streaming view from the window of a train or car is usually considered peripheral to immediate needs. However, the viewer’s stillness and the view’s movement may, through the sustained unfocused gaze, induce heightened feelings as a form of ‘field state’.

This research extends upon phenomenological arguments about the field state as a general mode of attending to the world into the field of video and voice, to explore how these experiences involve a heightened form of attention, one where feelings and emotions are important.

The video and voice works are presented in an installation as a reflection on both the processes of their development, and on the kinds of reflective and reflexive relationships they might establish with the spectator, unfolding as field states.