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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).

EH 01 IM
EH 02 OK
EH 03 TO
EH 04 GO
EH 05 x15

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.

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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.

Event Horizon

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