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BlindSpot is finished and installed at The Workhouse (National Trust), Southwell in Nottinghamshire. It is open to the public (when a ticket is bought for the house) from Friday 24 July to Sunday 1 November 2015.

The image above is from the very first timelapse photography session I shot in the Men’s Dormitory. I continued to shoot time-lapse sequences during May and June but was often at the mercy of the very unpredictable weather. The images below are from a very early morning in June. I was in a particularly euphoric mood as I walked up to the Workhouse but unfortunately as soon as the sun had risen the clouds closed in …

early morningearly morning again

BlindSpot

BlindSpot captures the slow passing of time in the Workhouse. The film traces the sunlight and shadow, cast by the iron window frames, across the walls and floors of the empty dormitories and corridors of the austere building. Rev. J.T. Becher, the founder of the Workhouse, said that ‘An empty workhouse is a successful one’.

BlindSpot is about time, nothingness and emptiness. Its slow and repetitive form evokes the lives of the Workhouse’s former inmates. The soundtrack features a voice from the National Trust’s Oral History Archive. The hymn tune ‘Southwell’, is played by Derek Wileman on The Workhouse Harmonium.

BlindSpot (Tim Shore, 2015)
Sound: Brendan Crehan
Harmonium: Derek Wileman
Voice: © National Trust Oral History Archive NT/4

BlindSpot is a project for New Expressions 3, an Arts Council England national pathfinder programme that fosters collaboration between contemporary artists and museums.

The Workhouse, Upton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0PT.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theworkhouse
http://www.newexpressions.org/Events

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After a false start my New Expressions 3 New Opportunities Award – supporting artists to make work with museums – is now going ahead.

Earlier this year I was looking intently at the former schoolroom in the attic of the Long Mill (1782-1789) at Darley Abbey Mills, near Derby. For a short time I thought this was it but it turns out it wasn’t and I haven’t been able to include it in the film. But I did do a Pecha Kucha presentation about the relic that is the schoolroom and the veracity of the photograph for the FORMAT 15 Conference at QUAD in April.

An Action Repeated (Tim Shore)
These stills are from the Pecha Kucha. In an attempt to fix the pristine digital image I printed the 20 photographs for the presentation on my inkjet printer – as the colour cartridge ran out. Which was good. I then rescanned them for the presentation.

Thanks to Anthony Attwood at Darley Abbey Mills for permission to photograph the schoolroom.

I’m now working with the National Trust to make a film installation called Blind Spot for The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The Workshouse was built in 1824 and remained in use up until the 1980’s when the site was used for residential care for the elderly. Blind Spot will be projected in a small partitioned room off one of the former dormitories on the top floor of the Workhouse. It will be on show from 24 July to 1 November 2015.

TWH Workhouse IMG_4417The Workhouse, Southwell

TWH Oakum IMG_1522Oakum. One of the many arduous tasks that the ealry Workhouse inmates had to perform was to pick and untwist old tarred rope into individual fibres. Oakum was used to caulk ship’s timbers and lag pipes.

Oakum, junk, caulk, lag.

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