An Exercise in Falling Short – Dan Drage




An Exercise in Falling Short 



Electricity, liquid crystal display lit by cold-cathode fluorescent tube, mysterious combination of ones and zeroes, YouTube, internet, found line pattern, found colours, found paper, found object, found darkness, found time, ambient noises, ambient scents, drifting thoughts.



This piece is an attempt at in-breaking out of the virtual and into the real.  For me, the shifts in pattern, colour and light ultimately fall well short of their natural counterparts, but this doesn’t matter. Instead, the piece succeeds in helping me imagine the screen as a material object in the world of senses rather than merely a magic window into the not-here. You can read more about the process behind this piece here



Dan Drage is an artist and researcher doing a collaborative PhD with ITIA and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. His artistic practice tends toward sculptural, material-driven works which exist in time and place. He finds the screen to be an uncomfortable and challenging medium and hopes this submission makes a crack in our collective rectangular myopia.


  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.