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In my own time © Grace Weir
Picture of the floating world © Grace Weir
A little bit of unknown © Grace Weir
Location: Science Museum Arts Projects gallery, first floor (no longer on display)
In 2007 the Science Museum Arts Projects presented the premiere of In my own time, a series of four thought-provoking films by artist Grace Weir that investigate time. The films are the results of the artist's investigations into black holes, notions of time and light, Einstein's theory of relativity, and questions in philosophy and theoretical physics regarding our shifting relationships with time. Her films are informed by her interest in seeking to align a lived experience of the world with scientific understanding. Her approach to film-making acknowledges the necessary subjectivity of all experience, straddling boundaries between fact and fiction.
Supported by Culture Ireland
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Irish artist Grace Weir (born 1962) uses science and scientific processes as the subject of her work. But her perspective is firmly that of an artist investigating the world around her, and her work is as much involved with the qualities and structure of film-making as it is with science.
Picture of the floating world (2007, HDV, 4' 30") explores the idea of the passing moment and plays with traditional notions of cinematic time. Inspired by the landscape tradition of Japanese ukiyo-e or ‘pictures of the floating world’, the film shows ordinary events conspiring to create an atmosphere of contemplation, anticipation and disrupted reality.
A little bit of unknown (2007, HDV, 8' 27") focuses on one of the most mysterious phenomena in modern physics, the black hole. The artist asks physicist Paul Tod five questions about black holes. As Tod answers each one the work shifts from a documentary and factual approach to a scene of abstraction and the sublime.
A deep field for the time deaf (2007, animation, 20') shows a single shot of a section of sky, taken by the Hubble telescope, developing over 20 minutes. The work is inspired by the length of time it takes light from distant stars to reach us, which can be millions of years, and so by the time we see them many stars have already ceased to exist. Therefore the only time we can see into the past is when we are looking at the night sky.
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