Documentation taken 17 January 2017, installation view at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Image courtesy of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Reading photo credits: Bruce Connew
Dilutions and Infinitesimals
Infinitesimals is a three channel video work shot primarily across two locations; a homeopath's laboratory and one of the last remaining type casting foundries in the world. The work imagines a scenario whereby a piece of lead type is diluted and ingested according to homeopathic methods.
The video is accompanied by a musical score performed by Glen Downie and Christopher Wratt, and is narrated by Sophie Thorn.
Dilutions is a sculptural work that involves the production of a new movable metal typeface. Originally designed for road signs, MoT Serif was a hand drawn typeface made by David Kindersley in 1956 in response to increasing speed of automobiles. It was designed to be legible at high speed rather than according to aesthetic rules, and as such is idiosyncratic and at times clumsy. Although proven to be highly effective it wasn't deployed as it didn't visually represent the politics of the era. In this work the metal alloy has been modified and corroded to soften the metal so that it will visually deteriorate with every use.
Infinitesimals was exhibited at The Engine Room (Massey University, Wellington)
Dilutions and Infinitesimals is to be exhibited at The Physics Room (Christchurch)
Abby Cunnane's writing The Berlin Wall is a Remedy can be downloaded here: The Engine Room
Infinitesimals (channel 2)
By Sea, HD video, 2015
By Sea tells the story of a fictional seaside apartment building. The architecture of the complex forms the words Par Mer, written in a bold, italic typeface.
Most filming takes place inside an architectural model built out of cast salt.
Camerawork by Campbell Farquhar and Sonya Lacey Narration by Fuyuko Akiyoshi Music by Johnny Chang: folk music background (excerpt) With thanks to Stephen Cleland