Transmission Gallery presents an exhibition of new video work by Phillip Lai. Produced in the upper gallery at Transmission and the artist’s studio, a two- screen presentation talks about remote relations, thresholds of the imaginary and garbled translations of visual information. Taking from diverse sources, the ‘media alterities' explored in these works connect with Lai's work to date, extending from interests in spatial and temporal deferral and schemas of force and inhabitation. An associative flux in the works here allow them to variously offer an estranged premise and/or that of a kind of resilience, resistance and comedy.
The works themselves propose a correspondence, between spectral, invocatory event and possible echoes in shifting and manipulated substance. The work 'Introduction' shows controlled episodes involving singular and paired pyrotechnic charges – issuing the ethereal materiality of a fictive speculation – whilst the mud ablutions of 'Jargon' hand back these prospects to a kind of material speech.