Ghost Tower- a kinetic and auditory installation for "I Dreamed I saw Saint Augustine" exhibition (8-17 April) in Hackney. The installation evokes a dream-like state where I wander inside the medieval St Augustine's Tower from floor to floor, alone and in the dark, while its spaces and objects are transformed in melodramatic ways resonating with gothic references to every Hammer film I half remember evoked in lurid colours and preposterous transmutations.
Tree of Knowledge
"Tree of Knowledge" was conceived as a celebration of human intellectual achievement and as a repost to those traditions that seek to put limits on human knowledge. This is a site specific installation created for the restored Anglican chapel at the historic Nunhead Cemetery in South London. It is composed of hundreds of uniquely created tiles arranged in panels of 20. These panels can be hung in any arrangement. Seven branches of knowledge are represented on the panels- cosmology, biochemistry, palaeontology, archaeology, botany, neuroscience and immunology. The motifs for each panel were selected on the basis of extensive research into the subject area. For instance the panels on biochemistry feature structural representations of the 4 nucleotides that make up the DNA “alphabet” ; the palaeontology panels feature actual fossils representing many eras; and the archaeology panels feature prehistoric art from different places in the world.
These compositions are made by creating a single irregular “tile”, casting multiples of it, then interlocking and fusing the multiples to create distinct shapes. Each composition looks different from the others but is formed by applying the same rule. The variation in surface pattern is a combination of chance and design. Distinguishing which traces are meaningful and which are not goes to the heart of science. The human propensity to find meaningful patterns in the world (whether or not they actually exist) and the tremulous boundary between truth and self delusion is a challenge in a universe where there is no final authority of appeal.