An Infinite Line: Brighton was commissioned by the 2008 Brighton Festival as an exploration of and response to the quality of natural light in Brighton. The project was in three parts: a site-specific performance piece, an installation of 8mm cine films, and a book.
The performance took place in a former print works in the centre of the city, in an underground space devoid of natural light. Rather than trying to recreate the light, the performance presented a series of images, soundscape, texts, actions and lighting events which combined to form a new visual landscape, one which evoked the sensual and subjective experience of the natural light, but didn’t describe it.
The installation took place in the same space as the performance, during the day. It consisted of thirty 8mm cine projectors, projecting short films depicting the light falling on the natural and urban landscapes of Brighton. Ranging from the abstract (light as a wash of colour on the churning surface of the sea) to the literal (the mirror ball turning slowly on top of the pier) the films, projected onto blocks of chalk – like the chalk of the local cliffs – created a flickering and constantly changing environment of colour, light and sound.
Created in collaboration with book designers Valle Walkley, the book version of An Infinite Line: Brighton is a collection of writings which describe in words the mercurial and ephemeral light as it changes across a day, across seasons, and across a year.
Fevered Sleep is currently (2013) developing new versions:
An Infinite Line: Dunnet Head is being created at the most northerly point on the British mainland.
An Infinite Line: Thames is an ongoing research project, that looks at the light falling over London from the points of view of the bridges spanning the river.
An Infinite Line: Merseyside.
photo: Matthew Andrews, courtesy Fevered Sleep website