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Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole

My text based work Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole installed at QUAD for the group exhibition Event Horizon (Friday 27 September to Sunday 1 December 2013).

Walking up from the mezzanine to the first floor and looking back down again and noticing how its almost impossible to photograph the work in situ. It’s not really a mezzanine, it’s somewhere where the staircase stops and turns a corner, affording a view of the Market place and also a peek down to the BFI Mediatheque on the ground floor (not shown).

http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/event-horizon
http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/time-travel-season-launch-and-exhibitions-opening

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Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole

My text based work Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole is in the group exhibition Event Horizon at QUAD, Derby from Friday 27 September to Sunday 1 December 2013.

The work is made from the short phrase “I’m ok to go” which is repeated approximately 15 times by the actress Jodie Foster (playing scientist Eleanor Arroway) in Robert Zemeckis’s feature film ‘Contact’ (1997).

At a pivotal point in the film Jodie is found on the cusp of a very flashy CGI sequence that will launch her into the unknown and fling her down a wormhole to eventually arrive at a distant planet called Vega. There she will meet an alien who has considerately taken on the outward appearance of her deceased father (to make it less psychologically overwhelming for her).

The work celebrates Foster’s performance and her absolute desire to inhabit the role of a space scientist – on the cusp of what must be one of the greatest theoretical journeys unknown to humankind – to offer an alternative version of a fictional visualisation of an unknowable event.

Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole is about performance, belief, anticipation, not knowing and Hollywood. It recontextualises a text from a significant and well-known work of popular culture to explore the theme of the Event Horizon exhibition – ‘the great sense of the unknown’.

Event Horizon is part of the Time Travel season at QUAD that also includes the Lindsay Seers show ‘Monocular4’ in the QUAD gallery.

http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/event-horizon
http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/time-travel-season-launch-and-exhibitions-opening

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A small cautionary bookmark that acts as sign, symbol, warning and placeholder.

The bookmarks will be deployed randomly within the open access stock of the University of Cambridge’s Philosophy Library.

The form of the bookmark is based on the alternate black and yellow oblique stripe pattern of hazard or caution tape, also known as Barricade tape – a visual warning system that is understood to communicate danger, caution or hazard.

The bookmark duplicates and reverses the oblique stripe pattern to create a chevron that is then crudely fashioned into an arrow or pointer that is aimed at the library stack.

A cautionary warning is contained within the bookmark.

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Cambridge

October 17 – November 3 2013

Casimir Lewy Library
Faculty of Philosophy
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

Library Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm

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Wirksworth Festival 2013

Tape Measure is finished, delivered, assembled and safely installed in the window of Airr Clothing, Market Place, Wirksworth.

The festival starts today and is on until Sunday 22 September.

Wirksworth Festival 2013

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Working on my installation for the Wirksworth Festival 2013. I’m installing later this week for the festival opening on Friday 6 September.

I had to rethink how I was going to make my original proposal and so made a new maquette and then tried to work out how to translate from cardboard and paper to the real thing. Turns out I just needed to use more cardboard and paper, some wood and then get laser cutting, stitching, folding and slotting. The individual parts of the installation are almost all now made and I will be assembling it on site on Thursday night.

Tape Measure will be in the window of Airr Clothing, the Market Place, Wirksworth for the duration of the festival from Friday 6 to Sunday 22 September.

Tape Measure is one of 10 Contemporary Visual Art commissioned for this year’s festival. Festival details here and also information about the Contemporary Visual Art Focus weekend at the new Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September.

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My text based work ‘Jodie Foster is okay to go down the worm hole.’ has been selected for QUAD’s Event Horizon exhibition, which opens on the 27 September.

The exhibition call asked for works that responded to the question:  “If the improbable were possible and you leapt into a black hole or a wormhole – the cosmos’ equivalents of trapdoors and hidden doorways that cut through the fabric of space-time – how do you envisage this experience?”

I don’t know how to begin to imagine it. But I do know that I admire Jodie Foster’s pluck and determination to have a go very inspiring. The full text reads ‘I’M / OK / TO / GO / x15’ and is from a pivotal scene in the feature film Contact (Robert Zemeckis, 1997). She repeats it about 15 times (it’s hard to be exact, it’s quite fragmented).

The five text panels will be laser cut and wall mounted in sequence. The second image is my hand cut test version, straight lines are ok but even with a French curve I couldn’t manage the demanding curves of four Os and one G.

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27th September – 1st December 2013
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Exhibition around QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces

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Wirksworth Festival 2013

An old croquet ball and a scanner glass which hasn’t been cleaned for a long time produce a kind of negative of the previous paper maquette for Tape Measure.

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Wirksworth Festival 2013

A much smaller model of part of the installation (scanned). Cut from heavier card than the larger maquette and the layers have been guled together, so much more easy to control. I’ll need to photograph it in natural light to understand better how shadows affect the depth of the circles, and how much space is needed between each layer.

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Wirksworth Festival 2013

This is maquette #2 for Tape Measure, my installation for the Wirksworth Festival 2013.

After making it I left the flat and went to Wirksworth to do some field research and to see Airr, the clothes shop on the market place where Tape Measure will be shown in the window. I also went to the Heritage Centre and, armed with information, visited some but not all of the former Tape Mills in the town. Wirksworth was a major centre of tape weaving, including the famous red tape “synonymous with legality and bureaucracy in the complicated world of the British Empire.”(Wirksworth Heritage Centre).

The Mills (that I saw) are Haarlem Mill at Millers Green (established as a cotton mill by Richard Arkwright in 1777), Providence Mill at Gorsey Bank and Willow Bath Mill off Water Lane. At the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock, a 1976 promotional brochure for Bowmer Bond Narrow Fabrics Ltd. (formed from a merger with John Bowmer and Sons of Wirksworth) contained a descriptive list of their tapes uses:

hospital clothing, surgical dressings and appliances, caps, aprons, bags, disposable clothing, electrical blankets, flags and banners, the car industry, ironing board covers, knitwear, hockey sticks, rosettes, mosquito nets, sleeping bags, legal documents, packaging, carpets, suitcases, parachutes, electrical coils, horse blankets, leather goods, tents, life jacket, toys, saddle bags, blinds, sportswear, flexible doors … and many other products.

Wirksworth also appears as the town Snowfield in George Eliot’s novel Adam Bede (1859). I saw several Adams on my walk around the town. Eliot based characters in her novel on real people in Wirksworth including her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Samuel Evans, who managed a silk and velvet mill, now home to the Heritage Centre’s museum.

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Installing ‘Full Employment in a Free Society (1944)’ on last Sunday afternoon in the basement of Strutt’s North Mill Belper.

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The Belper Art Trail 2013 is on from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 July at venues across Belper and more information about the trail and a trail guide, which lists the 17 artists and the venues for their work, is available from Corridor Arts.

Andrew Martyn Sugars (Corridor Arts) who has curated the trail and Sarah Skinner, the Mill manager, were interviewed in last week’s Belper News (3/7/13) about the Art Trail and my imminent arrival! In the article Sarah said, ‘The Strutt Mill complex harnessed the power of the Derwent to produce cotton thread that wound its way across the world so Tim Shore’s work is really appropriate here, referencing as it does weaving, workforce and mechanisation as well as commenting on the austere times we live in today.’

Here’s a link to Strutt’s North Mill Belper and the Belper News article.