Faint / 2004
The central theme explored in both Faint and Beacon is the experience of 'location and dislocation' - both spatially, spiritually and socially. Beacons are mechanisms for both relaying information and serving as locating points to those that can 'read' the signals. Bereft of the tools to navigation, how do we orientate ourselves towards or in a new context? Faint uses sound and image to engender a physical manifestation of the experience of dislocation itself. The use of surround sound technology at once gives the artist the capacity to both locate us as well as confound us through disorientating our (audible) sense of balance and location. In contrast, Beacon (documentation video) provides a surveillance-type record of the actual event from numerous real locations on the night.
Format: DVD with 5.1 surround sound and optional 2nd video stream
Duration: approximately 8.57min
Commissioned by: Turner Contemporary, Margate. As part of Margate Mementoes an audience development research project with Judith Stewart, Sonia Boyce and Erika Tan
Shown at: Turner Contemporary, Margate
Technical Spec: DVD player with 5.1 surround sound capacity plus amp and speakers. Projector.