Quickly Photographed and Released Unharmed is a collection of generative audiovisual artworks by Pandelis Diamantides. The collection is part of Diamantides' ongoing research into the non-representational use of screens.
The collection reflects on our visually overstimulated environment. Diamantides seeks to create a direct experience with light and sound, using the screen as a medium rather than a representational canvas. The screen becomes a light source, inducing after-images in the vision of the viewer through rapid successions of light and colour. The works in the collection affect the intake of newer information through overstimulation.
The artworks carefully deploy light as a medium; after-images from previous frames are superimposed over newer frames in the vision of the viewer. This optical layering means that light patterns perceived by the eye and brain complement to the visual material currently presented on screen. By exploiting the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception the viewer becomes an integral part of the artwork, simultaneously the observer and the creator.