Static No. 23 (Revolve) is a digitally manipulated video by New Zealand–born Australian artist Daniel Crooks. Filmed with a fixed camera in the middle of bustling Wan Chai Road in Hong Kong, the 2017 work captures and distorts the rhythms of the city. Bodies and buildings expand and contract, while forms and colours morph into and away from each other. The effect is reminiscent of a Cubist painting, where subjects are geometrically fragmented and portrayed from multiple angles. In making Static No. 23 (Revolve), Crooks sought to capture the remaining vestiges of traditional Hong Kong street life in a cityscape increasingly saturated by global franchises.
Crooks’s videos shift our perception of space and time by harnessing the power of digital production and editing. The artist treats time as a physical, malleable material, while always retaining the integrity of his core imagery, tethering it to a world that people know and experience every day.
Daniel Crooks (b. 1973, New Zealand) is a video artist whose digital videos stretch and distort reality while questioning our perception of it. Crooks has won numerous awards, including the inaugural Prudential Eye Award in Singapore (2014) and the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) (2014).