2020 – 2022
A series of photographic and video research elements given the working umbrella title ‘Sky Wire’. Explorations of visually and conceptually contrasting a large Short Wave Radio Antenna (a long straight wire hung in free space, used to transmit and receive radio waves) against the ever-changing backdrop of visual atmospheric phenomena we know as the sky. A natural tableau set against a simple yet brutalist human mark – a straight line; technology and the ether within the same composition, each affecting one another. A challenging relationship; the wire is moved by the wind, as barely perceptible rhythm or violently shifting in a storm. Clear sky divided by a static drawn line, or racing, thunderous clouds intruded by visual and physical interference from a moving, human made object. During the period of exploration, audio recordings of radio transmissions from distant countries were made at the same time as visual recording. Human messages of propaganda, culture, religion and human interest are received by the wire, messages intended to affect temporal spaces.
Radio is a well-established technology, it still surrounds and penetrates our being, every moment of existence from birth to death we inhabit a world of radio waves. It is a technology out of sight yet very much a part of global culture.
The relationship between the wire and the sky asks questions (to me) of humanism and posthumanism. My prior humanist principles challenged to observe and reflect upon other possibilities.