2013
Chronovisor: Prologue
2 channel video: 45mins looped, mixed media installation: 1.5m x 2m x 3.5m
Collaboration: Fleur Elise Melbourn and Dave Charlesworth
Featuring reseach footage and coding by: Myles Painter, Mirko Smerdel, Daniel Lichtman, Daniel Jones, Sean Raspet, Renee Carmicheal, Emme Charles

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Curated by South Kiosk as a site specific installation, developed in-situ at the Foodface Gallery in London. This project was based on the ideas of a Chronovisor, allegedly created in the 1960's by the Venitian Roman Catholic priest Father Pellegrino Ernetti who worked alongside twelve supposedly world famous scientists. Ernetti described how, crowded around their invention, the time team watched speeches by Mussolini and Napoleon, scenes from ancient Rome, even the last days of Christ. However, their hoax was debunked, when it was revealed that their photo of Christ on the cross was a reversed image of a postcard from the Santuario dell'Amore Misericordioso.

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From this conceptual point of departure, numerous artists provided video footage, which myself, Dave Charlesworth and Fleur Elise Melbourn then incorporated into a sculptural interpretation of a time machine. The final work was produced over several days, developing the idea of providing a fictitious mechanism to look into the past, but also drawing heavily on references to the 1961 novel Solaris by Stanisław Lem. The descriptions of the planets surface in the book, with its ultimately futile, indecipherable attempt at communication informed the mechanics of the display, with the images from a hung projector rig refracted through a series of glass plates, which produced abstracted, colour separated versions of the images on the walls of the gallery. The main viewing point for the resultant images was a tableau of cast plaster landscapes, who's surface invoked both the waves on ocean covering Solaris, and also the topological surface of a Dr. Strangelove esque war map.

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Thanks to all at South Kiosk and Foodface for their tireless enthusiasm and support making this project happen