Bobby and Stillman

A new tidal collaboration with Dr Susi Arnott. This time we’re working with Prof. Sofia Olhede as part of UCL’s Creative Reactions science-art project.

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Two time-lapse cameras (Bobby and Stillman), each accompanied by a stereo sound recorder, eye each-other as the tide rises around them close to London Bridge. Together they create a dialogue between a fixed vantage point and an erratic floating viewpoint.

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Each camera shot 18,843 images during a 12-hour tidal cycle. One photo was taken every two seconds. The two attached sound recorders produced a total of almost 20 hours of continuous audio. All this constituted our ‘data’.

Many art-science projects assume that the artists will produce a subjective ‘creative’ response to the scientists’ objective research. There is an assumption here that scientific work is not creative, or interpretative. We hope to upend this, or at least level the creative playing field. Both scientific statistician Prof. Olhede and ourselves will find ways to respond to our data and present it in different ways.

Currently we have edited two synchronised 37 minute time-lapse films: one looking at the water, the other immersed in the water, each camera looking at the other. But how do we reconcile the sampling of the visual scene every two seconds by the cameras, with the continuous audio? Future posts will explore this issue.

Prof. Olhede is a statistical scientist; amongst other sources, she’s worked with oceanographers on data from ocean research buoys. She and her colleagues are working on a creative response, as scientists; and this is to our raw data, rather than to our completed time-lapse films.

The two sets of interpretations will be projected alongside each other at the Creative Reactions show – Bar Juju in Brick Lane 15-18th May.

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes, Creative Reactions, Pint of Science

Crossness Open Day

Sunday 23rd October was Open Day at the Crossness Pumping Station. Thames Tides screened throughout the day alongside the mighty beam engines. Last chance to see the show is this Friday 28th Oct. Details and photos below.

Crossness Pumping Station. Friday 28th Oct. 2016

Where?
Crossness Pumping Station
The Old Works, Thames Water S.T.W. Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ

When?
Friday 28th Oct. Public guided tour from 10am-1pm. Booking is required for this – through Eventbrite on the Crossness website. Cost is £12 and includes tea and biscuits.
Parking available outside site on Bazalgette Way. Walkers/cyclists gain access via the pedestrian access pathway – at end of Bazalgette Way on left BEFORE thames water security gate.

Crossness, Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes

Crossness, Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes

Crossness, Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes

Crossness, Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes

Crossness, Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes

Crossness, Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes

Thames Tides at Crossness Pumping Station

Crossness, Thames Tides

Thames Tides is screening alongside the beam engines at the ethereal Crossness Engine House. The huge building combines ponderous machinery and delicate filigree work to astonishing effect. It’s function was to pump London’s sewage up above the level of the Thames and release it on an outgoing tide. What better place to screen Thames Tides?

Here are the details:

Crossness Pumping Station. Sunday 23rd Oct. and Friday 28th Oct. 2016 10.30am-4pm.

Where?
Crossness Pumping Station
The Old Works, Thames Water S.T.W. Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ

When?
Sunday 23rd Oct.
is an Open day from 10.30- 5pm (last admission 4pm). There is no need to book, visitors can just turn up. Ticket prices are £6 for adults and £2 for children under 16.

Friday 28th Oct. Public guided tour from 10am-1pm. Booking is required for this – through Eventbrite on the Crossness website. Cost is £12 and includes tea and biscuits.
Parking available outside site on Bazalgette Way. Walkers/cyclists gain access via the pedestrian access pathway – at end of Bazalgette Way on left BEFORE thames water security gate.

And here are some more photos:

Crossness, Thames Tides

Crossness, Thames Tides

Crossness, Thames Tides

Crossness, Thames Tides

Crossness, Thames Tides

Thames Tides at Crossness Pumping Station Museum

Crossness Pumping Station. Sunday 23rd Oct. and Friday 28th Oct. 2016 10.30am-4pm.

Thames Tides will screen at the beautiful industrial Romanesque Crossness Pumping Station Museum.

Where?
Crossness Pumping Station
The Old Works, Thames Water S.T.W. Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ

When?
Sunday 23rd Oct.
is an Open day from 10.30- 5pm (last admission 4pm). There is no need to book, visitors can just turn up. Ticket prices are £6 for adults and £2 for children under 16.

Friday 28th Oct. Public guided tour from 10am-1pm. Booking is required for this – through Eventbrite on the Crossness website. Cost is £12 and includes tea and biscuits.
Parking available outside site on Bazalgette Way. Walkers/cyclists gain access via the pedestrian access pathway – at end of Bazalgette Way on left BEFORE thames water security gate.

Here’s the brooding space we’ll be screening in, once we’ve blacked out the windows.

Crossness,Thames Tides, Susi Arnott, Crispin Hughes

Here’s the refurbished part of the site on a ‘steaming day’.

Thames Tides, Susi Arnott,Crispin Hughes, Crossness Pumping Station

Thames Tides moving to the Bartlett School of Architecture

Thames Tides, Bartlett School of Architecture,Susi Arnott,Crispin Hughes Thames Tides, Bartlett School of Architecture,Susi Arnott,Crispin Hughes

We’re on the move again

Thames Tides will be showing at the Bartlett School of Architecture, on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September 2016

140 Hampstead Rd.NW1 2BX. (Room G02, Ground floor)

Free entry during College opening hours. Please email or give us a call (crispinhughes@gmail.com 0207 207 0608) to arrange entry.