Attributions | Images of very tiny things series

Below is a list of works from the series Images of very small things, 2016, adapted from Creative Commons licensed images and the public domain. These works were originally exhibited in the exhibition No Feeling Whatsoever at CCAS City, Canberra, from 17 August – 17 September 2016.

Please feel free to use, adapt and distribute the below, under the same licence conditions: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) or Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) as listed below.


FaustovirusBy A2-33 (Own work)
[CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Faustovirus_50Kx30SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY-SA 4.0]
Diatoms (Diatomeen) - fossile (fossil) - 250x (14317165248)By Picturepest
(Diatoms (Diatomeen) - fossile (fossil) - 250x)
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatoms_(Diatomeen)_-_fossile_(fossil)_-_250x_(14317165248)_50Kx40SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Diatomee - Diatom (fossile) - 250x (14107681917)By Picturepest
(Diatomee : Diatom (fossile) - 250x)
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatomee_-_Diatom_(fossile)_50Kx40SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Diatomee - Diatom (fossile) - Thalassiosira sp. - 400x (14281808022)By Picturepest
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatomee_-_Diatom_(fossile)_-_Thalassiosira_sp._-_400x_(14281808022)_50Kx36SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Enterococcus faecalis20023-300By United States Department of Agriculture [Public domain]
via Wikimedia Commons
Enterococcus_faecalis20023-300_BW_50Kx32SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 4.0]

Kinza | Naoshima

Kinza is the former name of the abandoned house turned Art House Project on Naoshima Island where it now houses the artwork Being given by Japanese artist Rei NAITO. This was perhaps the standout work for me of the experiences I had on Naoshima. Visitors to the artwork must make a prior booking as the experience is scheduled, one person at a time. The Kinza building, like many of the Art Houses in the Benesse Art Sites, seems unassuming from the outside, a normal village house. Inside however, the space has been returned to the earth, the floor reconnecting with the soil beneath the house. The only light entering the space is from the under the outside walls and from the interior, it gives the whole structure a feeling of levitation. Within lies a large round ring, also raised from the ground. The whole space gradually reveals small details laid out in some form of geomantic logic. Small transparent spheres and rings, a staff rigidly perpendicular to the ground, tiny details whose presence is highlighted by the bleeding light outside, and only revealed through time, through contemplation. Above, between two of the wooden beams supporting the ceiling, a large glass cylinder floats — mystically like depictions of The Ascension. The space is at once meditative in solitude and wonder, and also with connection to the outside world through light and sound, the street noise bleeds in as does the light, in a subdued way that is part of the space, part of what is being given.

There are rarely moments with an artwork that remain with you, that remain connected, somehow unresolved yet mystical and reaffirming. Kinza has tunneled a place of nostalgia in my memory, its ambiguity and comfort make it an unforgettable moment.

Rei Naito"Being given", 2001 Art House Project "Kinza"

Rei Naito"Being given”, 2001 Art House Project “Kinza” 

Podcast | Invisibilia

A podcast series on the immaterial forces affecting people.

The first installment is challenging and a heavy trigger warning for those sensitive to discussions of violent acts. The episode discusses two case studies on the theme of thoughts and their significance. The first looks at OCD thought behaviours and recurring violent images that began for one man. The second involves the story of Martin Pistorius who, at the age of 12 was diagnosed with an unknown degenerative illness leaving him conscious but immobile and unable to communicate. Under care for many years and silent to those around him, Martin began to slowly communicate that he was indeed awake to the world.

NPR: Invisibilia Podcast

Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

via NPR: Invisibilia Podcast : NPR Podcasts.

Quiet Objects and Loud History | Nagasaki & Hiroshima


The bones of a hand in glass
Found near the hypocenter. The bones of a human hand are stuck to a clump of glass that melted as a result of exposure to the extreme heat | Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

There are impossible things to say. The object above, along with this matter of fact description, stood quietly, alone in an unassuming cabinet in the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. I watched as people easily missed it and looked at more confronting images of burnt bodies and of the devastated clearing that Nagasaki had become. In its understated horror, this object for me, spoke so much more.

It is difficult to understand those days in which the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. I went to these two cities with little expectation that I would come away with my own understanding of those events. Over the last week I visited the Peace Memorials, Museums, parks and halls of both those cities, waiting to see how the Japanese had reconciled that history.

The museums present information about the seconds after the atomic explosions, information documented by both the Americans and the Japanese who were keen to understand the effects of this new type of bomb. Studies continue today into the effects of the explosions and the exposure of radiation. Survivors are still presenting to doctors with glass shards working their way out of their bodies. The sheer physics of the event is only understood through the objects presented and the personal stories of the survivors, both devastating.

The results are that both cities are now committed to peace and the abolition of all nuclear weapons.



Air Samples | Consecrated Spaces

Part of my research in Japan has been to capture and map space, namely conceptualising air. Air as a material but also as a metaphor for something immaterial; energy or spirit. Japanese Shinto conceptualises many forms of the ‘unseen’ through Kami (神). I read Kami as an energetic and immaterial force and it seems broad enough to incorporate ancestor worship, nature spirits, animism and even aspects of Buddhism. Ritual processes often materialise concepts of the invisible by connecting them to our bodies and senses.

Outwardly looking in

In retrospect I think this photographic style, voyeuristic and distanced, says more about me than the subjects.