Some stairs and a tree
Tom is sitting next to a wall
Doom and a maze and a hedge
Lots of rocks fall on some grass
This erm, this like computer virus thing
It’s like this tower and you fall into it and you cant get out of it like a trap
Lots of waves crashing against the bar
Experimenting with a studio-based process, Things that had stories rubbed out extends from recent investigations into perception, projection and vision. Working closely with artist Jo Addison to build a collection of photographs of objects that could be seen as screens or blank spaces, the images were used as a starting point for filming torch-lit visual dialogues with a group of artists. The film uses raw and tentative footage from these shared moments of looking, in which glimpses and fragments of connection may be all that is discernable.
"They all seem to have some relationship to both a projection surface but also with a viewfinder and then the square of the print. So there is a layering of framing and some of them seem to reflect back so they become an empty space even though they are an object within it."
Things that had stories rubbed out was commissioned by Sue Jones for Whitstable Biennale 2010 where it was shown in a garden shed.
Critic for the Independent, Waldemar Januszczak said "looking through the shed window, you see a moving torchlight picking out some unlikely sights: buildings, faces, cities. It's as if someone with a torch had entered a dark cave and found it filled with the ruins of a lost modern civilisation".
It has subsequently been screened by William Rose for a monthly screening series in Leeds, at Latitude Festival, Off and Free Festival, Seoul.
Aspects of this process have been developed as part of live events at Tate including Talking Torches at Film Action, Tate Tanks, October 2012 and Live Subtitles for In Site of Conversation, Tate Modern December 2012.
With thanks to all participating torchbearers.