Rachel McBrinn is a visual artist working predominantly with video and installation. Her practice aims to interrogate modes of digital viewing and listening, and the experience of the real and recorded.
For Hidden Door 2017 she will present a new multi-channel video installation, Opacities, a visual articulation of what is visible and what is hidden within digital devices, as well as the processes employed in manufacturing them. The installation is made using a technique of removing the polarising filters from LCD monitors. This allows the video element of the work to be viewed only from behind a threshold where filters are installed, with only the white light of the monitors’ backlight visible from the other side.
The installation also explores a hierarchy of space. The viewer looking in from outside the threshold occupies a position of privilege, from which they have an overview of the installation, whilst the viewer inside the space has little agency within the work and becomes a part of it, observed by the viewer on the other side.