From Far Away Across The Universe

From Far Away Across The Universe,  128-minute video projection, illuminated speakers with a 30-minute 5.1 audio loop, and Type C prints mounted on aluminum.  2011-2014


"From Far Away Across The Universe" is the third part of a multi phase project that started in the summer of 2011.  It began with the launch of a website to collect stories about a friend, Matt Winthrop, who had passed away the prior year. The website contained a built in audio recorder, enabling people to speak privately and tell their story of Matt.  Since stories become the record of our existence, the idea was that through these stories a stranger could get an understanding of a person they had never met.


The London based artist Cathy Ward was enlisted to go to a concert by the band Spiritualized and experience it for Matt. The 37 audio recordings collected on the website were compiled onto a CD and sent to Cathy, along with a ticket to the concert. She was instructed to listen to the recordings prior to the concert so that she could get an idea of whom Matt was and experience the concert for him. She was also asked to document her experience at the concert in the form of audio, video and photography.


The installation presents the recorded concert audio over a video featuring the waveform representation of the show.  Excerpts of the 37 recorded stories can be heard on the opposing side of the room.  Viewers can step in and out at any point and experience part of the concert and stories, allowing them to be a part of the event themselves as a transient presence through Matt and Cathy.


"Channel", a short film Cathy created in response to her participation in the project, accompanies the piece.


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