Displayed on an iPad, Descend shows a manicured hand performing the pinch-to-zoom gesture on the surface of glass. All touch-responsive capacities of the device are switched off, so that the screen itself no longer responds to the human hand which it displays. As the hand rises in the video frame, it appears to descend into the physical iPad, changing the device’s responsive, flat surface into a deep, static frame.
This piece is part of an ongoing series of video works -- entitled The Zoom Series -- that recontextualizes the multi-touch gestures of digital devices. Technology and its devices teach bodies new gestural lexicons: simply put, we’ve learned to move differently. This series highlights these new movements by removing the digital device from the picture entirely, leaving only their gestures behind.