The Guardian

”He has a surgeon-like passion for the inner workings of machinery. “When you show a video through a data projector you have predeterminants that technology will produce your artwork out of. I like to start with the technology, start with the machine, and then try and get it to do the things I want it to do.”

Danni Zuvela – Spectra. Catalogue essay, Milani Gallery, February 2012.

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”The wonder of optics – the source of photography and the cinema, among many forms
referenced in these works – is as much a matter of concern for art as it
science. But the manipulation of contingent light, in Manning’s hands,
shades into critique.”


Colourshift Exhibition Catalogue 2016.


Danny Ford – Spectra review, UN Magazine 6.1 June 2012.

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Ellie Buttrose – The Waltz of  Old and New. From National New Media Art Award 2012 [exhibition catalogue], Queensland Art Gallery Ι Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012. © QAGOMA. Reproduced with permission.

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The rudimentary mechanics of the work do not detract from its power; if anything, they enhance it. Manning plays with the ubiquity of both the fluorescent tube and the household fan, and Spectra III
sends these common objects whirling and spinning into the realm of magical animism: the work becomes an object with agency that shares our physical space.”


John Hurrell- Field Emissions review, EyeContact. 2012.

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