2013

Antipodes

Antipodes is a constantly updating online artwork which pairs webcams images from places on exact opposite sides of the globe. As far away from each other as it is possible to be, these distant 'twins' often have surprising afinities.

Alongside the online artwork exists a series of time-lapse videos created from the continuous flow of images so far captured by the project website. Additionally an installation of live webcam feeds, drawings depicting antipodal geographies and photographic works have also been created from the collected data.

Antipodes launched on the Northward Equinox 2013 and will run for a period of one year: www.antipodes.uk.com

Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, in association with Spacex.

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Antipodes (Dawn / Dusk), 2013

Digital C-Type print on aluminium

Antipodes (Volcán Tungurahua, Ecuador / Gunung Sinabung, Indonesia)

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Antipodes (One Day), 2013

Two gicléé prints framed with window mounts

One Day (Puerto de Tapia de Casariego, Spain / Port of Christchurch, New Zealand)

2008

Traceurs: to trace, to draw,
to go fast

Traceurs: to trace, to draw, to go fast is a collection of twenty black and white films, created using a thermal imaging camera, which capture a series of moments in which traceurs (practitioners of parkour) come into physical contact with the urban fabric. The camera, which sees the world in terms of temperature rather than light, makes visible the glowing white heat residue transferred from hands, fingers and feet onto the surfaces that the traceurs nimbly leap onto, run across and spring off. 

The films are screened simultaneously as part of a multi channel video installation.

Related publication: Traceurs: to trace, to draw, to go fast with essay by Richard Grayson

Commissioned by Westminster City Council.

Wall Run (1), 2008

Digital video still handprinted in B/W, mounted on aluminium, unique, 100cms x 120cms

Cat Leap (5), 2008

Digital video still handprinted in B/W, mounted on aluminium, unique, 100cms x 120cms

2006

Polar Wandering

Layla Curtis spent three months in Antarctica carrying out an extensive psycho-geographical exploration and creating a continuous line drawing charting her journey.

Longitudinal and latitudinal data recorded on a personal GPS tracking system was logged on the project website to create a 27,856 mile long, interactive web based drawing embedded with photographs and drawings.  

A suite of 10 limited edition screen prints, focusing on specific points and incidents along the line were also produced.

Layla Curtis was awarded an Arts Council England International Fellowship to Antarctica jointly sponsored by The British Antarctic Survey. This project was developed in collaboration with Locus+.

Polar Wandering (South Georgia), 2006

Lambda C-type print mounted on aluminium

Polar Wandering (Thatcher Drive), 2006

Lambda C-type print mounted on aluminium

2004

Message in a Bottle from Ramsgate to the Chatham Islands

Fifty bottles containing messages were released into the sea near Ramsgate Maritime Museum, Kent. Their intended destination, The Chatham Islands in the South Pacific Ocean, is the nearest inhabited land to the precise location on the opposite side of the world to Ramsgate Maritime Museum. 

Several of the bottles are being tracked using GPS technology and are programmed to send their longitude and latitude coordinates back to Ramsgate every hour. 
The information they transmit is used to create a real time drawing of their progress.

 
Commissioned by Turner Contemporary

Message in a Bottle from Ramsgate to the Chatham Islands, 2004

Lambda C-type print mounted on aluminium