wave
2008
digital c-type print, 76.2 x 76.2 cm
wave (16)
2008
digital c-type print, 76.2 x 76.2 cm
wave (64)
2008
digital c-type print, 40 x 40 cm
wave (256.1)
2008
digital c-type print, 25.4 x 25.4 cm
wave (256.2)
2008
digital c-type print, 25.4 x 25.4 cm
wave (256.5)
2008
digital c-type print, 25.4 x 25.4 cm
wave (256.7)
2008
digital c-type print, 25.4 x 25.4 cm
wave (256.9)
2008
digital c-type print, 25.4 x 25.4 cm
wave (256)
2008
digital c-type print, 76.2 x 76.2 cm
the title of the series came out of a teaching the Dali Lama gave on ‘Investigating the Nature of Reality’ in Nottingham, UK (26 May 2008). it’s difficult to describe what it is like hearing him explain fundamental concepts of Buddhism, and the dialog he had with his interpreter (for the most part he talked in Tibetan, very animated and precise). i kept on thinking about the monks there, how this would have been a very important occasion for them, and many of them i suppose would have direct knowledge of what for me was just words.

dependent origination is the understanding that any phenomena ‘exists’ only because of the ‘existence’ of other phenomena in an incredibly complex web of cause and effect covering time past, present and future. this mechanism explains how forms exist but don’t have any intrinsic existence – in effect, they exist because of (as an expression of) their relations with everything else.

all phenomena are dependently originated
dependent origination is emptiness
therefore all phenomena are empty

although the process of dividing the image into squares and rearranging them to create a new image follows a simple rule, and was done without automation or programming, it would be non-trivial to manually rebuild the original image from the last image in the series, even if you knew the rule. the series could be extended until all the pixels are scattered like particles of sand.
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