Infinite Recursion - Back and Forth along the Abyss


The project Infinite Recursion (Back and Forth Alongside the Abyss) was conceived and developed between 2012 and 2014. It was developed in the studios of Footscray Community Art Centre in collaboration with Melbourne choreographer Christos Linou and participant of the Currents workshops Penelope Davies. The theme of entrapment within circumstance in Infinite Recursion (Back and Forth Alongside the Abyss) is treated as both a physical and psychological set of transactions frustrated by deferred action and being fixed in the present moment. The experience of the work is marked by a sense of postponement, as if the occurrence-taking place could not be fully completed. Throughout its conception the project engaged with the legacies of Constructivism and a renewed interest in formalism. Crossing a range of references from the psychology of cold war politics through to absurdist literature and theatre.  


The work generated in this project explores Mangion's interest in the production of sculptural objects consequential to performativity.  The transitive work is investigated as a network of exchange expressing recursive; choreographed actions that pass over to encompass objects. While acknowledging the material transformative ability of the work once it enters into a network.

 In Infinite Recursion the term passage relates to objects within networks that are defined by their circulation from place to place and their subsequent translation into new contexts. This includes a suit of eight suspended, unmounted fold paintings produced and displayed in conjunction with the video. Likewise the work also incorporates the content of a lecture-performance delivered at the beginning of the project entitled “Utopian Futures after the Revolution”. A series of twelve digital performance photographs and six metal abstract sculptures produced after the lectures. The lecture-performance sets out to experiment with art process as a channel for transference and cross-pollination of ideas that accommodate a passage of exchange from one state to the next.