In 2017 I completed the intensive workshop Designing Einstein’s Dreams with Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby at Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac, France. During the workshop we selected chapters from Alan Lightman’s novel Einstein’s Dreams, each of which describes a universe in which time operates differently. I worked with artists and designers Kate McCambridge and Alison Moeller, to develop a collaborative text and performance based work in response to Lightman’s description of a world which consisted only of an endless array of images.
We started with the premise that in a world existing only as images there would be no past and no future and the only experiences would be either instantaneous or eternal. In such a world bodily sensation prevails including textures, sound, and form. There are an infinite number of experiences, an infinite number of instances, and these are not connected in any way to a meaningful whole such as we experience in a time-based world. We also speculated that in such a world, recurring elements within images could constitute a form of presence or permanence in an otherwise random field.
Basing ourselves in the still, dark, reflective water of the chateau’s lake, we developed a series of deliberately ambiguous actions captured in photographs. The images were combined with a performance at Domaine de Boisbuchet on the 18th August 2017.