February 27, 2014

Non Object1:25
1:25 DVD loop, 2013

In Dahlgren’s video work the contingent factors of site, noise, architecture and time are allowed to intrude upon the central formal device. Non Object is a collection of videos of people walking around cities followed by Dahlgren shot covertly from a digital camera held by the artist. It quickly becomes clear that each individual is wearing a horizontally striped top. By keeping each person at the same approximate distance in the centre of the screen Dahlgren reduces each person from an object to a motif for abstraction. A dynamic tension is activated between the innocent and disinterested task of fixation upon and collection of a given pattern, and the more sinister emulation by the artist of the serial obsessive and the potential for conflict between the stalker and his quarry.

View film here.