Aspect – The Event in Time, shown here as a small-scale prototype at Goldsmiths College following an R&D period, is an installation that takes the viewer through four different forms of temporal tension before releasing them into the central Achronological Refuge.
This tension is set-up by manipulating the temporality of a single event across four films. The subject of these experiments is the demolition of Glencairn Tower, a social housing project outside Glasgow in Scotland.
Experiment 3 forces human and non-human temporality into encounter with unsettling effect. Each frame of the original film is shown in turn, first as a linear sequence where the experience of time is successive and entropic, then as the constant instant. In the latter, which appears to the viewer as a still image, every frame of the film is shown simultaneously. There is no arrangement of moments over time, there is no way of discerning cause from effect. Everything is happening.
I have been invited to present Aspect at the Bloomsbury Festival of Light in London 2015.
Aspect – installation view from Experiment 4
Inside the Achronological Refuge
Bearhtmhwile, from the Old English for a twinkling moment, is a circular light installation that also leads the audience away from measured time and towards the constant instant. The audience walks through segments of a disc of light, powered by and responsive to the tides of Swansea Bay while evoking everyday tasks and activities. When the segments combine to form a full disc of light, all temporal measure falls away.
Shortlisted for the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay commission in Wales 2014 in association with Cape Farewell and with a provisional date of 2017, Bearhtmhwile acts as a lighthouse and beacon, warning of the dangers of racing through artificial divisions of days while offering a safe harbour for another experience of time.
Model box maquette – You walk through segments of light
Digital rendering – The spiral lighthouse at night
Pure Land, selected for the Artangel Open 100 in 2013, is a place to escape measured time altogether by entering a seamless environment. It is structural installation for one on tidal mudflats on the Prime Meridian close to Grimsby. Inside it is a seamless circular corridor of diffuse light. Outside, its polished steel surface reflects the changing temporality of the surrounding landscape.
Structural development sketches – Pure Land’s circular corridor features layers of soundproofing, LED lights and translucent scrim
Digital rendering – The section plan highlights the relationship between inside and outside
Digital rendering – You walk a seamless circular corridor of warm light
White Time, premiered at the ICCI 360 Arena in Plymouth, is a film series for 360° environments. It uses white noise and alternating red and white colour fields to enable the audience to progressively lose touch with measured time and approach the constant instant. In each film, the standard seconds of clock time are ‘filled up’ in different ways. In White Time I, the length of each of standard second marked is doubled while in White Time II and III time’s beats per minute are radically manipulated.