May 15 - June 20, 2014
Preview: May 14

Chronovisor: Archive
Johann Arens, Verity Birt, Rowena Harris, Cathy Haynes, Patrick Hough, Mirko Smerdel

South Kiosk return to the thematic of the Chronovisor as a means to explore notions of time and artifice through the suggestion of an archive made up of problematic evidence.

About Chronovisor: Archive

The Chronovisor was a viewing machine whose eye could travel through time, displaying images and footage of different moments throughout history. It was allegedly created in the 1960s by the Venetian Roman Catholic priest Father Pellegrino Ernetti who worked alongside twelve supposedly world famous scientists. Ernetti described how, crowded around their invention, the group watched speeches by Mussolini and Napoleon, scenes from ancient Rome, even the last days of Christ. However, Father Ernetti slipped away from the public eye, when it was suggested that their photo of Christ on the cross was a reversed image of a postcard from the Santuario dell’Amore Misericordioso. He neither confirmed, nor denied the existence of the machine. Somewhere in the Vatican, could exist an archive of results and research material that might offer clues to the existence and/or mechanics of the Chronovisor.

Having previously attempted to construct an interpretation of the Chronovisior in collaboration with nine artists, South Kiosk intend to return to the thematic of the Chronovisor as a means to explore notions of time and artifice through the suggestion of an archive made up of problematic evidence, obfuscating historical context.

Using a device which is capable, according to it’s creator, to show the life-force or aura of its subject, Mirko Smerdel photographs the detail of a publication detailing and describing the Gamma 60 electronic computer, a device that was operating at the same time as Ernetti’s Chronovisor.

Rowena Harris’ sculptural piece, Haul, is a series of concrete blocks with handprints embedded into the material, suggesting the trace of an imperceptible action. Blurred experiences are also present in Johann Arens’ Manual, which uses imagery that recalls Google street view, intercepted with a gesture that subverts its functionality.

Notions of time and history reoccur throughout the show. Whilst Cathy Haynes’ practice explores methods for mapping time, Verity Birt incorporates different film stocks and archive footage into her moving image work, creating the sensation of time-travel anchored by repeated gestures and familiar objects. Patrick Hough’s Object Interviews offer alternative interpretations of objects that mimic historical artefacts, showing how these objects develop their own subjective narratives in the process.



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