Wading Space, 2016
CLUTCH Collective, Brisbane AU
Inspired by elevator silences and the predicament of waiting, Wading Space was a participatory installation that explored how elements of space affect our perception of time passing. Employing light’s powerful relationship with atmosphere and perception, Wading Space was a sustained glance at the meeting and melting marriage of conscious consideration and subconscious response.
Manifested in a carpark in Brisbane’s West End, this installation was developed in direct response to the CLUTCH Collective’s three-ton truck. Prompted by a timed elevator ding, and prohibited to speak, the audience moved through three sections within the truck. Inspired by play ‘acts’, each section was separated by thick velvet theatre curtains. Spending an equal amount of time in each space, the work was an experiment in how stimuli within an environment can affect the inhabitants perception of time passing. A ‘wine tank’ lit from below soaked the third and final room red with light and intoxicating scent.
Images by CLUTCH Collective unless otherwise captioned