An Experiment with Time derives its title from a text by the popular scientist J.W. Dunne, published in 1927. This book proposed a belief system based on precognitive dreams – a theory of parallel timelines whereby dream narratives predict future events. The film echoes this quality of dreamlike theatricality, and uses CGI to transform sites of technological, medical and religious significance into an apocalyptic strangeness. A historic medical site is portrayed submerged in water; a chameleon is the sole inhabitant of a site of computing history; a brain coral forms the centre-piece of an iconic cathedral.
Diverse histories and systems of belief are depicted in a shared state of environmental aftermath as the film weaves a dreamlike narrative around the constructs through which we have sought to understand and control our world. Interspersed with these unpeopled scenes are spectral images relating to early natural specimen collections and AI generated portraiture; here the preserved life forms of the past become apparitions for the disembodied presences of the future.
Two channel film installation, colour sound, 37:18 mins, 2022
Three channel film installation, colour, sound, 19:24mins, 2022