The animation was shown in an exhibition in 2009 at the Islington Arts Factory in London, UK. The projector was setup onto a column in a converted church and directed at the floor of the gallery, a mask was then painted onto the floor to enhance the projection. The animation was funded by the Arts Council England and the Royal Astronomical Society as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
I wanted to create the illusion of a crater in the floor, as if the ground has swelled up and ripped open leaving a pulsating scar in its wake. The camera descends down through the strata of its history revealing the layers of time and the mechanics of its formation. I was inspired to make this work on a trip to Mill Hill Observatory in London. I was shown images of the Universe where the galaxies could be picked out using a magnify glass, the experience was sublime as I had a sense of drifting through the structure of space whilst being rooted to the physicality of the observatory.
The animation is created using 3D Computer Generated Imagery composited together to create the layered effect of a form in a continuous state of flux.
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