Strips of Time

Strips of Time, 2017, this is a prototype: time-lapsed photographs looped over a spool

The strips of photographs in a continuum are assembled in a loop, over a wooden spool.

Each photograph captures a change in an object (akin to the time-lapse method).

The changes can be observed all at once or individually and in no particular order as the viewer manipulates the strips back and forth.

The piece questions the lack of distinction between past, present and future in spacetime. The piece also raises the issue of relativity and demonstrates how the perception is relative to what the observer that is measuring it is doing.

 

W3=0+Ch4Nc3

W3=0+Ch4Nc3, 2017, black and white wall grid with nails, white wire and dice.

In response to Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity and the realities it encapsulates:

W3=0+Cn4Nc3 is a transcript of we=0+chance which describes an interactive piece, where the viewer chooses his or her starting point and engages in a performance contributing towards the building of a work with the use of chance.

It discusses the idea of a fluid framework where the coordinates are relative to the observer.

It looks at random lines, which are not here associated with decline and deterioration, as we may perceive them in life, but with growth and evolution.

Finally it considers a relationship between the direction of these lines in space and temporality.

About the theory of special relativity: “It embodies a whole new way of looking at the world, a whole attitude to reality and our relationship to it. Suddenly, the rigid unchanging cosmos is swept away and replaced with a personal world, related to what you observe.” Bill Murray, particle physicist at the CERN laboratory in Geneva.

Steps

  1. Choose your starting point on the grid and document it by writing ‘0’ next to your chosen nail.
  2. Enter your name, as well as the time and date of your participation in one of the squares around your chosen point of reference.
  3. Throw the 6-sided die to determine the number of moves you will perform.
  4. Throw the 8-sided die to determine the direction of your first move. Eight directions determined by the 8 nails around the chosen point of reference.
  5. Throw the 20-sided die to determine the coordinates or length of this first move.
  6. Throw the 8-sided and 20-sided as many times as the 6-sided die indicated.

Note

If the number on the 20-sided die exceeds the number of coordinates available on the grid and the participant reaches the edge of the grid, he or she will need to reverse their course and finish counting the remaining points in the reverse direction of their track.

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