Coconut Optimisim
Still image from the video _ Coconut optimisim

During the Year 2020 – and 2021, I created a number of visual poems without having much planning or design for a fixative outcome. While these moving image sketches were accumulating in my archive, I took up a residency at Artsadmin, London. The residency was an ideal platform to accumulate these sketches and I create a backdrop for a performative space. The accumulation of images and experience of isolation prompt me to device a number of exercises to build a performance. In one of the exercise, I put out an open request for a creative collaboration, or more accurately a creative contribution from friends, colleagues and general public. I requested them to contribute a small piece of text with few pre-set conditions. They were to select an image of their liking – an image, digital or otherwise. It may be an image they have come across recently and it had managed to stay lingering in their mind's cape, If that has indeed happen. Part of the exercise was to observe how our mind reacts to the residue of the river of information that run through our daily virtual life.  In the midst of pandemic it seem to like an apt exercise to uncover what i call a visual anxiety. The contributors, having selected an image of their liking were asked to describe it in their own words, using any form of rhetoric they may feel equipped with. The objective here was to pursue  a perception of selected image on the contributors mind and through their language on the listeners. It quickly became apparent that the description of the images I received from various contributors around the world evoked something far more intriguing and poetic in their use of language and the imagery they created on the listener's mind then a mere image description. Here in this video I have embedded an image description by Minoli Salagado. Minoli is UK based author and an academic from Sri-lankan origin, and has published various works on migrant studies and diasporic literature. It is fair to say that Minoli being a published writer has the words at her finger tips, but it is her visceral voice that lead me to create this moving image work. The fly in the video is purely an accident,