Safe Light / Infinite Descent

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‘Safe Light´is a critical personal response to key works in the history of performance and visual arts including Muybridge’s photographic studies of human locomotion and Duchamp’s ‘Nude Descending the stairs’ to Franko B’s  performance ‘I miss you.’

Staged on a dark staircase– a woman emerges like a ghost on the upper landing, lit only by the gloomy orange of darkroom safelights. Stepping onto a long photographic ‘carpet’, she slowly descends the stairs; her pathway sporadically illuminated by the flashes of photographers’s cameras stationed on either side of her path.
 
The woman’s slow descent and stairwell’s architecture is recorded in multiple exposures on a carpet photographic paper – creating a large-scale luminogram of the entire descent.  
 
Photographed and digitally assembled  by Wellcome Photography team Thomas Farnetti and Benjamin Gilbert  to create an epic positive print- divided into 7 ‘flights’ .  
 
Sections of this large scale work are currently being shown alongside a short looped video work ‘infinite descent’ as part of Lifespace’s current exhibition ‘Trajectories’ in Dundee from Feb – June 2018
 
 
 ‘Safe Light ‘ scratch performance was presented at ‘Tempting Failure’ Bristol, on Friday Nov 7th 2014.,(Photos by Yiota Demetriou).