Following the success of her book and memory project, ‘Turning Ages’ (now on permanent display at Westminster Reference Library, London) Artist, Elaine Robinson, embarks on her second tour to date with new work, SPOTtimespotTime.
SPOTtimespotTIME is the second in this series of seven artworks, which are collectively called LIGAR – taken from the Latin word meaning to tie or bind.
Beginning with Bristol in 2015 SPOTtimespotTIME will tour major cities over the coming months including Sheffield, Cambridge, Newcastle, Birmingham and London. (For full tour dates visit http://www.elainerobinson.co.uk/spottimespottimetour/)
The next tour date will be in Cambridge on Saturday 25th March 2017.
The fourth SPOTtimespotTIME walking tour sees the artist take to the streets of Cambridge and offers participants a chance to join her en route, where she will invite discussion on the topic of identity in relation to our modern world. Robinson aims to collect a mass of fingerprints from 7 UK cities which will collectively form a single piece.
The finished Artwork will include seven panels of fingerprints held in clear resin each collected from the seven cities visited across the UK as well as a collection of supporting documentary material presenting the public’s insight on the topic of identity and privacy.
The work asks individuals to consider questions surrounding our changing identity; How do we react when we are asked for our fingerprint? In an increasing digital age is our fingerprint something we should be reluctant to handover freely or in reality has this physical identifier become obsolete?
On the flipside of this, Robinson is also curious about our loss of identity and uniqueness, where information overload means our individual information could become lost in a sea of statistics and rendered meaningles
Elaine herself prefers to consider a more positive take on these ideas with a firm belief that the display of fingerprints should encourage us all to feel united,
“Particularly within the current political climate I am pleased to be doing something so levelling. A fingerprint doesn’t initially show difference, only how similar we all are.”
This piece will attempt to provide clarity on these questions by working alongside the general public as well as leading University Forensic Departments to gather and document opinion as well as fingerprints. Combining this with additional research into forensics, and the pioneering work taking place in DNA analysis, SPOTtimespotTIME will provide exciting outcomes and hopefully some interesting answers.
“All my artwork is reflective and asks us to slow down and consider change, and also the impact it will have on our social consciousness. In many ways SPOTtimespotTIME, is about the changing relationship we have with our own understanding of our physical and private identity. We are all becoming so digitally savvy and are all encouraged to use online facilities where possible. I want to capture the shift between physical and digital identity as its happening.”
SPOTtimespotTIME, Cambridge Walkabout 25th March 2017
Walkabout Begins at 10am Arbury Library CB4 2JQ
(Elaine will be walking until 4pm)
For more information visit http://www.elainerobinson.co.uk/spottimespottimetour/
and to view the route map go to: https://goo.gl/maps/TeXW6VEky3v
Artist Website: www.elainerobinson.co.uk