The Time Machine
Curated by alldaybreakfast
Submission deadline has now passed.
If you could send a message back or forwards in time to someone, who would it be, what would you say? What are the consequences of changing the past or the future?
Potstop and The Wheelers will push a potters’ kick wheel along the Railway Path crossing the border between Bristol and Bath. They will leave Bristol on the 10th of June and arrive at the Time Machine in the early afternoon on the 11th. This processional journey will be marked by clay Time Vessels, which will be made and left along the route. Potstop and the Wheelers will document the experience as they travel, using film, poetry, sound, drawings and social media and relay this journey in real time to the
Time Machine in Bath, where an installation will anticipate their arrival.
Once at The Time Machine they will continuously make vessels and invite the public to participate by hand building forms and to contemplate the concept of borders and borderless-ness in response to the global migration crisis. Each Time Vessel will symbolize a talisman of hope for an unknown journey. At the end of the day these vessels will be released into the River Avon to flow away along the current of time.
Potstop is a small pottery school situated in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, run by two potters Neil Whitehead and Lou Gilbert Scott. Lou’s practice is embedded in the landscape through the act of making and walking. Using the simple craft of pot making from the clay beneath her feet she maps both the physical landscape and human experience.
Remote viewing (RV) is the practice of seeking impressions about a distant or unseen target using subjective means, in particular, (ESP) or “sensing with mind”. Artists Briony Clarke and Emma Toynbee have been developing sculptural techniques involving the use of Remote Viewing. For the duration of the performance they will be undertaking a series of experiments. Briony will be working intuitively with various materials, Emma working out of sight, will attempt to remote view the sculptures Briony makes and replicate them in real time. The ongoing project between the two artists is an attempt to uncover a more speculative, ludic view of the world and its chattering things.
Briony Clarke graduated with an MA in Communication Art and Design from the RCA in 2011. Briony’s work involves plotting the construction of her own maverick Art World, a liminal place she has called Set Town. Over the past three years she has been Resident Artist at Portmeirion Village in North Wales where she has been working with marine biologists to develop her Sea Fax, an autonomous machine, which produces the original manuscript of Set Town - texts that come directly from the sea.
Emma Toynbee is a performance artist who presents psychic phenomena creatively as an Art Form. She uses psychometry, the ability to psychically sense information about an object’s history, and remote viewing, the making of drawings or sculptures of remote images, objects, or locations via the intuitive or psychic senses, remaking a literal or metaphorically-energetic representation of something hidden from her at a distance.
The rhinencephalon, the olfactory region of the brain, develops early in foetal life and is active in utero. Like the organs of sight, the chemosensory organs are outgrowths of the brain in direct contact with the external environment. Thus molecules sensed as smell can diffuse directly into the bloodstream. Recent work has shown that certain scents can enhance cognitive responses in experimental subjects, whereas others may have inhibitory effects. The sense of smell is direct and ancient and arouses powerful emotional responses.
The aim of this installation is to pre-curate future reactions to specific smells so that strong memories of the Time Machine experience are induced when the olfactory triggers are re-encountered. Visitors to the installation will
not be aware until they leave that their future memories have been deliberately curated.
Anwyl Cooper-Willis and Tommy Cha are members of alldaybreakfast and are interested in investigating human responses to contemporary cultural milieux. They have worked together over the last few years on various exhibitions including No Images of Women at The Island, Bristol (2014) and at The Factory, Porth (2015) and on “Concrete Evidence” an earlier model of the Time Machine trialled at Plymouth Art Weekender (2015).
Experimental live performance and installation using different forms of language and music, combining traditional instruments and contemporary sound technology. The piece explores the seeming paradox contained in the evolution through time of linguistic and musical expressions of universal and constant themes of human experience.
Jane Thomason is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer and performance artist. www.jane-thomason.com
‘A female bard living now’ Tidningen Kulturen, Sweden 4 Nov 2014
Technical assistant: Aaron Kai Nandi, artist & photographer.