‘Optical Scattering’ is a video work following a cloud of smoke as it snakes it’s way through the rivers, buildings and streets of Melbourne’s West, scattering and collecting as it goes. As the smoke cloud curls around trees, the edge of a bar, down a flight of stairs it gathers smoke from more and more sources. Cigarettes, a smoke machine, mozzie coils and industrial smoke blend in together. Hovering above the beer garden at Bar Josephines, it’s morphing, moving form becomes a type of ‘thought bubble’ drawing on the many peoples, places and histories of the local area.
A collaboration between Shae Rooke and Jess Dubblu for West Projections 2017.