Come and Go

I was pleased to work on the audio design and mix for the dual-screen installation Come and Go by Rose Butler.


Rose writes

This dual screen, interactive artwork takes Edison’s 1920’s films of the Serpentine Dance as its reference, with the dance phrases filmed from above and on high speed camera (slow motion). The dance phrases, choreographed by Alexander Whitley, references drone technology, states of limbo, control and resistance.

As viewers enter the space, the playback ramps to shift the movement from slow motion to real time. The six-minute slow motion sequence contracts to a twenty second dance and the audio samples increase in number and intensity. The image changes from one of ethereal, sublime qualities to one of urgency and transition. Depending on your positioning in the space the playback will: speed up, decrease in speed, stop, reverse playback. A dance between the viewer and the image evolves and generates a play of move and counter move. The occasional temporal relationship with the present makes the slow motion playback seem otherworldly and removed and creates a feeling of disorientation.

Further information about the development of the work can be found on Rose’s website.

Amy Beeston