Thornton's project deals with the relationship between chronology, technology, mediation, and with the "historical" as an artifact of the cinematic/digital image.
Luna is an invocation of loss, as well as a tacit critique of nostalgia. How do you address history with something as fragmentary and minute as cinema? What occurs and is at stake in today's digital absorption of the "world"? By focusing on the presence of the technical image, Luna addresses the trace: an impression, a trace of a voice, a trace of the disappearance of voices, an unflinching engagement with the passing away of place. In Luna, the trace is almost subsumed, it saturates the auditory field, and in this diffusion, it (almost) disappears, leaving but a ghost, an audial echo, riding the repetitive circulation of increasing static/noise: memory's future.
Collaboration by: ROCKELMANN & WINKLEMAN Gallery, New York