Abi Spendlove about bio drawing embroidery photography video sculpture/installation contact

[Emissive Conveyance]



2017

Running time: 57 minutes looped.

Infrared cameras reveal the layer of the electromagnetic spectrum beyond visible light. This emissivity appears in Spendlove’s video as hues of vivid yellow and pink. The video captures the artist walking the route of migration of a workforce who are being located to a new building in the city. Symbolically it recognizes the movement of energy and light (embedded in people) from one place to another. The artist touches the surfaces of the street as she walks, running her hand along walls railings and street furniture that string the streets together. Exploring the environment by touching it is a key developmental milestone that babies reach early in their lives. Children continue to explore the world around them with their hands and often run them over surfaces as they move around. This playful interaction with space/place/territory is mostly lost in adult life as destination takes precedence over the journey. The slowed video emphasizes the physical connection with the environment, and an increased attention to the journey. The work was installed in an internal circular window in the Cambridge Corn Exchange for the e-Luminate Festival in February 2017.