Limelight: Postcards From The Anthropocene, Unsettling The Geopolitics of Representation

Danby, Charles and Smith, Rob (2017) Limelight: Postcards From The Anthropocene, Unsettling The Geopolitics of Representation. [Show/Exhibition]

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Limelight (2016-20) aims to establish terms through which limestone as a geological material with industrial application, presents and holds agency. It aims to determine how exposures of limestone’s material agency are intrinsic to understanding the representations and experiences of its landscapes. Limelight (Postcards From The Anthropocene, Unsettling The Geopolitics of Representation) at Edinburgh University was a performance that took the form of a conference paper. It was constructed and delivered through material lime and examined lime’s temporalities, speeds, material states and multiplicities through apparatus, demonstration, projection, sound and read text. The limelight illumination broadcast during Limelight (Cardiff Contemporary & Llangattock Lime Kiln) linked output was played back through Limestone Player Apparatus linked output, a machine apparatus of quicklime, computer, wires and projector. The deployment of this apparatus created a material-led timeframe and duration for the performance. The speed of the video playback and therefore the duration of the paper was contingent to the behaviour of quicklime, a material state of limestone. The exothermic reaction of quicklime with the water created temperature changes that controlled the video playback from moment-to-moment. Read text, sound and projected images established immersive multi-sensory storytelling through the conjuring of layered industrial limestone landscapes with social histories and transforming materialities of lime.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Limelight is co-authored research completed as part of a collaborative arts practice with the artist Rob Smith between 2016 and 2020.
Uncontrolled Keywords: performance, anthropocene, limelight, limestone, contemporary art, contemporary arts and environment, ecology, heritage for the arts and sciences, digital art
Subjects: W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 09:08
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2021 09:08

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