Beacon, April 2011

Using technologies normally associated with CCTV the artist brings a bonfire into the gallery space.

Burning every day for a week in the artist's garden at home in London the flames of the bonfire were transmitted live to a screen in the Rua Red Gallery in Tallaght, Dublin and to the web. The work is an exercise in telepresence and connects the ancient communication technology of beacon fires to modern telecommunication and forms part of a series of works considering the creation of convivial social spaces through fire.

Documentation of this performance in the form of over two hundred and sixty four nails from the ashes of the fire which were photographed will be used in future projects. A looping slideshow of these nails was on display at Rua Red Gallery for a week following the performance and is entitled Reliquary.


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