'Curtain' was projected onto the Lyttelton Theatre Flytower of the National Theatre in London, 13th-18th June, 2013. This event coincided with the solo exhibition of 'High-rise' in the theatres primary exhibition space, which ran for the whole of June and was one of the main exhibitions of the London Festival of Architecture 2013.
Curtain depicts the closing and opening of a vast auditorium curtain, at first denying us of the view out, then authorizing us to look again. The resulting video consists of a single shot, divided into two five minute sections, with a short break in the middle to suggest an undefined passing of time.
At first seemingly static, perhaps more akin to a projected photograph, the viewer is drawn in to observe the minutiae of detail evident through the plate glass window in the functioning city below: the barges transporting goods along the river, the light gently shifting as the clouds pass, seagulls hovering in the middle ground and a small piece of fluttering tarpaulin attached to the main upright of a crane.
The piece looks at ideas of representation and spectatorship. The camera referencing photography by performing a function similar to that of a shutter or eye, this is further enhanced by an additional reference to photographic exposure when the camera, in fully automatic mode, struggles to balance the interior and exterior spaces, resulting in a sudden and dramatic shift, rendering the dense fabric curtain blood red.