Currently experimenting with a bicycle powered Bolex camera I made and have shot first film. The idea is to investigate how time is warped. As the camera is drectly driven by the bike, in the film it looks as though you are travelling at a constant speed while everything else; people walking by cars change speed - slow down speed up. I shot the first test film with help from James Holcombe who, on getting back to my house, to my surprise developed the 100ft reel in caffenol, a developer made from coffee and a few other edible products. It works perfectly and the black and white negative was rich in grain and contrast. During the filming the mechanism broke and the bike gears gave up but now it's all fixed and ready for a second filming.
Last September I showedLet's Bounce at Sketch as part of the residency by Kinetica Museum. Below is the video of the exhibtion.
It was a little show in the main entrance of the club. Sketch has a few permanent kinetic artworks on show by the stairs and is a friendly place where you can just wander in and have alook at the art.
My new work is called Portal. It is a slow moving meditave scuplture 42x 42 x 15cm. I showed it with my other works Entanglement and Mesh in Kinetica's 10th year anniversary last February at the Ugly Duck in Bermondsey.Kinetica Museum.org
Tom Wilkinson’s kinetic sculptures examine the illusion that the world consists of solid bodies when in reality the energy fields that make for stability in the physical world and make interaction possible, evade human perception. ‘We live in a world of illusion, as we look beyond the veil, the chair you are sitting on is not really a solid object. Only a infinitesimally tiny part of it is actually stuff, it’s really nothingness and in fact isn't it truer to describe the object as a chair-shaped force-field’.
Entanglement, a new work, takes this illusionary sate of things further playing with the notion that, as the quantum physicists tell us, paired photons are in a state of entanglement, even when at opposite ends of the universe.
Portal 1 - 3 are a series of new works. They appear to draw one in and mesmerise inducing a mediative and contemplative state. As if like a window into another world where the world is somehow futuristic, maybe due to the monochromatic nature of the light. ‘While exploring this new experimental artwork I kept thinking of Alexander Korda’s 1930 classic science fiction epic film Things to Come. They became a mysterious architecture in light and shadow’
Entanglement (below) is a new work which plays with the quantum physical concept of entanglement.
Using the optical illusion - persistence of vision (in it's true sense), the two 'doughnuts' appear to interlock.
One motorised version was shown at the Osmosis Project's exhibition Eureka in The Art Pavillion, Mile End,
and a hand operated one was shown in Gravity at the Hospital Club with Kinetica Museum. Both wonderful,
but very different, science/art exhibitons which have just closed. These ran almost concurrently which was
very exciting to be in both, but at times did entangle my brain. This artwork will be an addition of ten - the
video will be uploaded in the next few days
Light Sphere I at Winter Lights Canary Wharf
Winter Lights is a festival showing new media light artworks by 18 international artists January 22nd 2016
Light Sphere I is a new artwork - basically a larger version of Green Ray but capable of full spectrum colours changes and pattern. It was commissioned by Canary Wharf Public Arts and presented many challenges, particularly making a fast spinning object that the public can feel comfortable close up to. It also inevitably needed to be totally waterproof and winds resistant. The electronics were engineered by Adrian Godwin and we continue in the collaboration to develop programmimg new colour and pattern. This artwork is available to tour light shows and festivals for further information please email. Watch this space for a video of Light Sphere I.
Winter Lights Canary Wharf - and click here for the brochure
First exhibited in an event at the Evening Standard 1000 people event at Canary Wharf in October 2015 and Eureka, a science art show in Mile End with Adrain Pritchard's wonderful Osmosis Project.
First conception of of Light Sphere I
Lights of Soho a new gallery/club has opened in Brewer St Soho with a number of wonderful light artworks, some cobbled together from sexshop neon. I showedLet's Bounce with the Kinetica Museum group. It's a fantastic original shop space ( once a sexshop) all opened up with a basement, also full of art and sofas, that used to be a knocking shop. It has a bar with very nice staff who must have been good at keeping the tipsy away from the delicate light artworks, as there were no breakages!
City Lights closed July 19th 2015
THE MEDITATING BRAIN
Installed, last November at the Royal Free Hospital. It's a called The Meditating Brain and is a first for me in many ways; I've never used the medium of stained glass before and, unlike most of my things, it doesn't move.
The artwork hangs in the spacious reception in Radiology on the ground floor. The image is taken from an actual MRI scan of a person in a state of deep meditation. The scan, a perfusion MRI, was made by the radiology team at Hospital in their free time and I am immensely grateful to them for their support during the project.
The person who underwent the scan is a female member of the radiology department therefore familiar with the machine's noises and claustraphobicness, this was essential to feeling relaxed sufficiently to attain the state of deep meditation.
The scan showed a reduced blood flow in the parietal lobe, which is the lower right hand side of the scan. This is the area of the brain responsible for giving us a sense of orientation in space and time. My hope and intention was that the artwork would have a calming influence on those waiting in the reception. The artwork can be seen in Radiology Reception on the ground floor. It was made at Kingsgate Workshops under the technical supervision of Beverly Bryon of Prism Glass Design. The Meditating Brain is dedicated to my good friend Mark Wickham, sadly no longer with us. He was a very fine stained glass artist and an the original inspiration for the artwork.
Aurora is a wind sculpture which I've been working on for 4 years, this is after making a series of experimental versions, usually tested on my chimney. The idea with this artwork is capturing the wind and transmogrifying it into light and colour. Aurora generates it's own lighting, but only when it turns, and shanges colour with the wind speed.This shows the wind & light sculpture called Aurora I. It was installed for the one day event with Kinetica Museum. Aurora is currently on trials, mounted on a long pole in my garden, to see if it works before going on said pole on the Hothouse in Hackney.
The owners of The MS Stubnitz, Blo and Heiko kindly allowed Aurora I to stay on board the magnificent ship for tests, while moored at Canary Wharf with the Kinetica Museum show. During this week of high winds (some gusting at 55mph) the sculpture has been thoroughly put though its paces.