image for Art Exhibition item typeMark Fell: The Concept of Time is Intrinsically In at Focal Point Gallery

Art Exhibition, Sat 19 Jan - Sun 21 Apr 2019, free entry

Mark Fell, Intermetamorphosis, Performance install

Mark Fell, Intermetamorphosis, Performance install

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The Forum,
Elmer Square,
Southend-on-Sea,
Essex,
SS1 1NB

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Sat 19 Jan - Sun 21 Apr Mark Fell: The Concept of Time is Intrinsically In

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Focal Point Gallery is delighted to announce an ambitious new sound commission by the artist and musician Mark Fell. Using sound synthesis and pattern generating systems, A Stitch Outside Time is presented in the form of an app that has been designed to uniquely complement journeys on the London to Southendon-Sea c2c train line, which traverses the towns of Barking, Basildon, Pitsea and Benfleet through to Shoeburyness. In conjunction with its launch, Focal Point Gallery will stage a major solo exhibition by Fell, ‘The Concept of Time is Intrinsically Incoherent’, opening 19 January 2019.
A Stitch Outside Time explores how we perceive and experience time through a ceaselessly evolving sound composition. c2c passengers will be able to listen to Fell’s ever-changing sound work as it employs generative music technology to respond to the train’s movement and exact location, never hearing the same piece of music twice. The composition is based upon the ‘tala’, an elaborate rhythmic system drawn from Indian classical music, and has been conceived in relation to the landscape and sites intersected by the c2c route – specifically its off-track locations. These processes are brought together in the purpose-built app, which has been designed in collaboration with artist Rian Treanor and developer Peter Worth.
Fell’s first solo show in a UK institution, ‘The Concept of Time is Intrinsically Incoherent’ is comprised of a number of newly produced works that explore and extend the artist’s interest in space, time and materiality. Presented in the gallery’s window frontage is a mesmeric installation of shimmering gold foil illuminated by LED lighting, whose autonomous movement is controlled by a mechanical actuator.
In further works, Fell takes direct material cues from Southend’s historic Victorian fairground, the Kursaal, and the town’s seafront arcades. In the main gallery space, a transparent maze encloses a mirrored room lit by multicoloured lights. These have been positioned to create an infinite kaleidoscopic loop synced to a Shepard tone – a sonic device used to create the illusion of continuously ascending or descending pitch – in turn disrupting spatial and temporal coherence. The second gallery adds a new installation to the artist’s series of works utilising stroboscopic light technology.
Fell’s research-driven practice questions cultural and mathematical representations of time, and investigates how time is constructed within (and embedded throughout) the systems we build around ourselves, and the impact this has upon our understanding of our place in the world. His wide-ranging influences include experimental cinema, electronic music subcultures, contemporary philosophy, physics, anthropology and choreography. These themes will be further explored in an events programme running alongside the exhibition.
A Stitch Outside Time will be available to download on both iPhone and Android from Saturday 19 January 2019, when c2c will provide half price train tickets from London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central for the opening event of ‘The Concept of Time is Intrinsically Incoherent’.
A Stitch Outside Time is commissioned as part of Radical ESSEX, an ongoing project that re-examines the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture through its twentieth century histories. Both the commission and the exhibition are generously funded by Arts Council England, with additional support from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and c2c.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 19 Jan - Sun 21 Apr 2019 10:00 to 17:00
Gallery opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm, Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm

Prices

Free entry

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 880861  Lat: 51.54247 Long: 0.70973

Travelling by train:

The gallery is located on the ground floor of The Forum, which is a hundred yards from Southend Central Station. (Trains every fifteen minutes from London Fenchurch Street, Limehouse and West Ham. Journey time around fifty minutes.)

Travelling by car:

The Forum building is located in Elmer Square. Parking is available under the adjacent South Essex College campus and the nearby University Square building. The Forum does have a number of disabled parking spaces for use by visitors.

Travelling by air:

The gallery is located a five minute walk from Southend Victoria Station, with regular trains to London Southend Airport (journey time approximately five minutes). The airport serves a large number of destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Geneva and Venice.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Southend Central station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups