National grid

Cham, Karen [Artist] (2006) National grid. (Digital video).


A one hour one take medium close up of a streetlight from dusk to nightfall. It is replicated three times then played at 600 times its natural speed, reversed & looped. This ambient video is a mimetic meditation on modernism, nationalism & power, presented as an 'electric flag'. The cyclic evolution of light symbolises the natural flux between extremes of all political thought. It is interesting to note ones own inferences with regards the changes of light & colour - it is perhaps the ultimate flag of pragmatism.

Item Type: Moving Image/Broadcast
Event Title: Outvideo 06
Locations and Dates of Event:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Russia5 June 20065 July 2006
Additional Information: Shown on 39 screen across 16 Russian cities
Uncontrolled Keywords: public art installations; digital video;
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Linda Downes
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 10:18
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2014 10:18

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