JORDAN HILL // Peripheral Wallpaper

Installation Info

*Warning: Potential fast movement and flashing lights in work*

Peripheral Wallpaper is a multi-channel work featuring shifting 3D-modeled imagery that utilizes the brick aesthetic of Saint John. Viewers are encouraged to interact and be up close to the projections. Both videos include abstracted forms and references to urban arenas that are moved and manipulated in order to explore sensory disillusion in public space. The manipulated imagery is intended to highlight the body and mind being at odds through immersive sensory engagement. Jordan challenges the idea of truth and transparency in both real and virtual subjects by utilizing the intersection of the digital and physical settings we engage with in our daily lives. Through his work, Jordan is exploring the experience of habitually traveled spaces that perceptually flatten over time. In a contemporary capitalist and digital age, our attention is in constant demand, and our exhaustion is as constant as the content we consume. How does this exhaustion affect the way we navigate our everyday world? This installation investigates how empathy becomes exhausting through the unrelenting nature of an ever changing world. We lack the time and respite to be consistently present with our surroundings, causing space to flatten and simplify around us. Jordan is interested in facilitating the phenomena of reactivating details and nuance that may have peripherally slipped away. What aspects of our world become a blur when we’re constantly asked to be moving and producing? By using architecture as a thematic vehicle, Peripheral Wallpaper encourages the viewer to slow down, think about, and engage with subject matter they believe has become flattened over time.



Jordan Hill (he/him) is a multimedia artist from T’Sou-ke Nation (Vancouver Island) currently residing in Halifax. His work alludes to a growing problem within contemporary culture where the line between fact and fiction becomes blurred. How do we navigate a manipulated world where truth is incredibly difficult to locate? Through the intersection of digital and physical environments, he questions the relationship between the notion of both real and virtual subjects. Jordan’s work aims to intervene in normalized social and spatial assumptions we make upon being introduced to spaces and in what ways we allow the artificial to undermine our own intuition.