Neither here nor there, 02/2020

The projection of replicated light from another space and time, into the current space and time, has the intention, albeit merely conceptual, to create a space which is neither here nor there but perhaps somewhere in between.

I prefer to use immediate environments by harvesting light data deriving from the space just passed, upstairs, downstairs, or simply from the same space but just a few minutes ago. There is something about immediacy that calls my attention over remoteness. Perhaps it is the greater surprise factor when faced with the fact that you were not totally aware of exactly where you have just been or what you were doing. Or perhaps it is just the familiarity of the immediate environment that lends itself so well to be uncannily upended.

I used to walk out on Glaswegian mornings and see them gradually get lighter as winter turned to spring. On this particular morning, as I walked out as usual, it was completely dark. As explanations for this disruption in the natural order rushed through my mind (eclipse, alarm malfunction, etc.), my immediate question was “Where am I?”. For this disruption in order, in cause and effect, suggested that this was not the place I had walked out into the previous morning.
The following question, and the most relevant one for me, was “Who am I?”. For if I was not in the place and time I thought I was, was I still the person I thought I was? A most exhilarating and liberating experience until it dawned on me that the clocks had been set back that night.

By conceptually liberating a stage from its space and time descriptors my intention is to highlight its relativity. A relativity which is not merely physical but phenomenological. A disjointedness which we inhabit but do not tend to recognise as such, either objectively or subjectively.