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Earth, by Simon Faithfull (UCL Slade)

By ucsadje, on 24 September 2020

Earth-Spin – Simon Faithfull
My practice as an artist attempts to understand an individual’s relationship to the planet. Many of my works aim to drag our consciousness from the scale of the streets around us – out to the planetary scale of a rock spinning in space.
My video work: Escape Vehicle no.6 (2004 www.simonfaithfull.org/works/escape-vehicle-6/ )
…sent a domestic chair on a journey to the edge of space beneath a meteorological balloon. Behind the sky, at distance of only 30km, is the beginnings of black space.
Commissioned by Arts Catalyst, Escape Vehicle no.6 started as a live event developed from the previous balloon film 30km. The live audience first witnessed the launching of a weather balloon with a domestic chair dangling in space beneath it. Once the apparatus had disapeared into the sky they then watched a live video relay from […]
The more recent work: Earth-Spin #1: Graffenegg (2017 www.simonfaithfull.org/works/earth-spin-1/ )
…is an earthwork that seeks to destabalise the seeming stillness of a castle in Austria. Cut into the grass of the moat, two-meter-high letters spell out the speed at this lattatude, that the Earth’s surface is spinning through space.
Finally Earthscape no.1: Wadi Rum (2018 www.simonfaithfull.org/works/earthscape-no-1-wadi-rum/ )
…as the world turns a figure is seen hanging from a lone tree in the desert of Jordan’s Wadi Rum. The four framed photos are hung so that the frames are touching to create the dizzying perspective of a planet spinning in space.


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