Work Hands

Sculptural pieces in plaster
 

Throughout the residency I became very interested in my own physical role as observer and the particular actions I was using to record observations. I started to record these actions in the form of plaster casts of my hands repeating actions I had performed in the space. These casts were installed throughout the residency, scattered throughout the space in relevant positions.

Work

Work


I was interested in the trace/memory of actions which are left within all environments and how our actions in the Factory were adding to the embodied history of that particular space.

KEEM at the Factory

KEEM is an artist collaboration between myself and Kate Elliott. As part of the Farringdon Factory residency we are undertook two collaborative projects, one initiated my myself, and one initiated by Kate. The first of these collaborations Light Map, involved the performative collection of light within one of the Factory spaces. The second, Here I Stand for Five Minutes was a participatory project culminating in a 10 minute video portrait of workers in a neighbouring building.

Still from documention of Light Map © KEEM, 2013 

Still from documention of Light Map © KEEM, 2013 

 Light Map No.1 © KEEM, 2013

 Light Map No.1 © KEEM, 2013

 Still from Here I Stand for Five Minutes © KEEM, 2013

 Still from Here I Stand for Five Minutes © KEEM, 2013

Two Flags

Single Channel Video
 

Experiences of Light - 23/11/13

C-Type Prints
 

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KEEM Observation 2 -LORES.jpg

I am interested by the passage of light through the space. And the temporal link of this passage to the temporality of the space itself. The light shifts constantly, interacting with whatever comes into it’s path. I can’t help but imagine previous passages of light through the space in it’s previous incarnation as a busy office block - moving over desks, warming peoples backs, obscuring their screens, obstructed or blocked out by blinds.

Myself and artist Kate Elliott intend to collaborate on a KEEM project related to this passage of light over the coming week. We will attempt to use light sensitive paper to track the light and map out the space as the light directs.

Wayfaring

Site-specific 16mm film installation

Wayfaring draws heavily on the writings of anthropologist Tim Ingold, and in particular, his work on our perception of environments. Wayfaring is the act of travelling/way-making - usually by foot – which we all perform on a daily basis as we go about our lives. In making Wayfaring I was interested  in exploring this daily activity as an action of/opportunity for, enhanced perception.  In particular I was interested how wayfaring continuously changes our relationship to our environment, both consciously and subconsciously.


Produced at Farringdon Factory, the piece was created over the course of a days wayfaring through the 7-storey empty office block in the City of London. A reel of clear 16mm film was slowly unrolled as I walked through the space, and I used a pen to record impressions, drawings, and for mark-making along the way. I was interested in how the drawn lines would translate on film, and how the act of creating the piece would changed my perception, knowledge and sense of closeness with the building.

The strip of film itself became active in the process of wayfaring, simultaneously directing movement and attention, getting caught on doorways, twisting, or unravelling limply at my feet. Alongside my markings, over the course of the walk the film picked up some additions - dust, debris, fibres - of it’s own.

The resulting projection and installation of Wayfaring returned the film strip, and its components, back into the space. The strip of film was looped up and over the exposed pipe work on the 1st Floor and projected 20 metres ahead onto the back wall - closing a loop of engagement between myself, the film strip and the building.

To view the full film, click below.