WE call the project of Navigating London Tearing the Time.
Our project is about TIME and the CITY. We unfold time, we respond to this experience of time in London creating a video , I created some collages made from tearing paper. We formed a triangle Chalkie, Luisa and the seagull. We explored three areas of the city across three times: past , present and future. The three areas were Westminster Abbey, Barbican and Canary Warf .
I will explain the three in a chronological order, starting from the oldest place.
Westminster Abbey, is the ancient soul of that area of London and represents an 800 year history where the human interaction with the building through marks on textures and surfaces allows us to travel through time. My response to the Abbey’s temporal journey was an interaction with the vertical and horizontal lines in the building that Ptolemy Dean( the Architect of the staircase ) described. I tear and stick papers in the middle of the collage with the shape of square stone that represent the stones of the history with marks left behind, and some vertical lines across the paper with different tones that represent the building.
The concept of time started at Barbican with a conversation between Chalkie and I At the Barbican we sensed the different speed of the people depending on the time of the day, the movement of the water depending on the direction the wind was blowing , the seagull came toward us and stopped in front of us it remained stationary ,whilst people ,wind and water were moving. Although the barbican is a new building the music of Vivaldi they play there is reminiscent of the past. Time was in our conversation, time being, the past of London , the present and the future. The exhibition of Lee Krasner at Barbican and I was fascinated by the colours, the materials she used and the layering of different papers. This process of working influences me. My response to the exhibition spending time in the Barbican, I began layering papers that I had collected at different times, I was looking for the interaction between the forms and the colours, I created a collage from the leaflet of the exhibition , I found some papers at the barbican and some old papers I had at home , these different papers gives the sense of history of the marks left behind.
This is the connection with the film I have produce with Chalkie. Layers of time, layers of images, and finding the forms in between and the shapes that interact with the colour.
Canary Warf , we visited the Dockland museum of London and everything was about lines, photographs of destroyed boats full of lines, the destruction caused by the fire. The lines of the past and the lines of the present with the new buildings. We recorded images from the present and we responded with a video, layering the images from the other areas together .
I was inspired by Elsworth Kelly painter the way he draw and paint his geometric lines. My response to the dockland museum and Canary Warf is a drawing made with pieces of torn etching creating a collage out of old etchings, I destroy them and reconstruct, now it is a new drawing with the pieces of etching left behind, it is an analogy of the destruction of areas of London made by the two fires of London . This new drawing is geometric like the buildings and the streets in Canary Warf, I was inspired by Elsworth Kelly painter the way he draws and paint his geometric lines.
The Final work in collaboration.
We produced a Video after this three experience , In this video we are showing opposite areas of London at different times. Everything is happening simultaneously in the video, The images that we have chosen are water, air, seagull and buildings. The first three have been always there, the buildings are new, the buildings of the present.
The boats, buildings, us and seagulls are cradled between the earth and the sky .This can be seen in the video how they are situated in between, At the same time the sky is coming toward us forces against one to another, the opposites.
We are layering the photos to have the feeling that everything is happening now.
We don’t add any sound because we leave the original sound of what is there at that moment.
Jorge Luis Borges. Labyrinths. Edited by Donald A. Yeats and James E. Irby . (Penguin Modern Classics 1970)
Eleonor Nairne. Lee Krasner.(Thames and Hudson in association with Barbican Art Gallery 2019)
Christian Marclay. The Clock (Exhibition at the Tate Modern. 2018)
The book of london at the london museum,look where is it.
Pablo Ferro. A Carcer Retrospetive video.