For his fifth solo exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Daniel Crooks has created a series of new works that highlights the physical properties of time manifested through the mathematical and digital studies of sine waves and parabolas.

In ‘Parabolic’, Crooks focuses on the cyclical nature of time, rotating it on its axis and achieving a depth and motion unprecedented in the moving image. Across four single channel videos, Crooks constructs a panorama of his cities of predilection, Hong Kong and Melbourne. This interest in representing time as a helix has guided the artist’s camera to focus on the revolving entrance doors of Melbourne’s high-rise buildings. A surreal portrait emerges from recording and abstracting the ever spinning flow of figures as they advance through these propellers of corporate life.

A leading figure in video art since the 1990s, Crooks has long been fascinated with expanding the conventions of the linear perception of time in the moving image. He has explored the means by which an image may be stretched across time and space, slicing it into pixels and layering these into complex collages. As Katrina Sedgwick, Director of the Australian Centre for Moving Image, noted: ‘Since his groundbreaking video Train No.1 (2002), Daniel Crooks has been creating photographic and video works that probe our understanding of time and visual perception. His intricate manipulations of time and space compel us to look at our world anew and re-examine our experience of reality. Crooks’ unique perspective and singular aesthetic have cemented his position as one of Australia’s leading contemporary video artists.’ 

Daniel Crooks was born in Hastings, New Zealand in 1973; he lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Selected exhibitions include: ‘On the Origin of Art’, Museum of Old and New Art [MONA], Hobart (2016-2017); ‘Phantom Ride’, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne (2016); ‘24 Frames Per Second’, Carriageworks, Sydney (2015), ‘Melbourne Now’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); ‘Australia’, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2013); Marking Time’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); ‘Figuring Landscapes’, Tate Modern, London, UK (2008); ‘Les Rencontres Internationales’, National Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2008).

ARTIST TALK: Saturday the 25th of March at 4pm. Daniel Crooks in conversation with Katrina Sedgwick, Director, Australian Centre for Moving Image.


1. Katrina Sedgwick in Daniel Crooks: Phantom Ride, Ian Potter Moving Image Commission. Melbourne: Australian Centre for Moving Image Publications, 2016.