Trevor Abbott

The principal focus of Abbott's work explores how technology is used to make and distribute images of the world around us, from the ubiquity of the aerial image to the tourist snapshot and low definition internet image. Questions are raised concerning a technologically failed vision or obstructed view, whereby the more immediate images become, the less there is to see. This refers directly to "the uncertainty principle of modern documentarism," (Steyerl, 2007). This work is concerned with the depiction of landscape in so far as it exists of "flickering text displayed on a screen whose meaning can be created, extended, altered, elaborated and finally obliterated by the merest touch of a button," (Delue & Elkins, Landscape Theory, 2007).