Time of Flight —> @ Zona Mista

with Amy Cartwright, My Johansson, Orange and Natascha Young

Friday 6 November // 6-9pm

Open to public Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November by appointment.

This event has been delayed due to the upcoming COVID-19 lockdown. New Time of Flight –> to be confirmed soon. Please wait in the departure lounge for further announcements.

Ilderton Wharf
Rollins Street
SE15 1EP

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…on the other side of the glass, I come back toward myself; I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am.
– Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias, Michel Foucault, 1967

Time of flight (ToF) is a measurement of the time taken by an object, particle or wave to travel a distance through a medium. ToF cameras and other infrared sensors are increasingly common additions to smartphones, generating 3D images used for facial recognition, enhancing photos, blurring out backgrounds and depth of field effects, while having other applications in gaming, surveillance, object classification, and automotive contexts.

We put tape over cameras on our devices to protect our privacy, but the thresholds at which we are watched are not always obvious. The optical mouse, and by extension trackpads and touchscreens, can also be thought of as smart cameras, where nuanced physical actions are quantifiable, and inevitably exposed to surveillance capitalism.

This IRL + URL installation deconstructs some of these mixed zones, in formats that can be interacted with in real time. By collaborating with surveillance tools, participants create computable representations of their bodies, objects and space, evoking daunting spectres, and enabling alternative sensitive proximities, in the context of current global crises. Through artworks, performance and technical practice, productive play opens possibilities for critical digital learning within these themes of origin, virtual presence, autonomy and self-identity.

We will be following government COVID-19 safety guidelines.