Thirteen is commissioned by D-LAB a visual arts project from Arts Derbyshire.
Thirteen is a series of artworks, including a digital animation, gifs, digital prints and an artist’s book, exploring the history and significance of 27/28 Queen Street, Derby, a now derelict building that was once the home of John Flamsteed (1646-1719), the first Astronomer Royal. The works will be presented at this year's Wirksworth Festival (2016), Derby Cathedral and via online platforms (Tumblr).
Thirteen uses extracts from historical texts and archive imagery alongside my own, still and moving images, to explore something of the history of where we live and to reflect on that history, events and decisions that have a continuing impact on how we lead our lives today.
Thirteen interrogates the history and significance of 27/28 Queen Street, Derby, a now derelict building that was once the home of John Flamsteed (1646-1719), the first Astronomer Royal.
Before moving south to Greenwich in 1675, Flamsteed compiled a ‘great catalogue of the stars’ from a series of observations all based on a Derby Meridian that ran through the back garden of his Derby home.
The place from where the position of every other place – on Earth, and in the Heavens - was determined was in his back garden in Derby. Thirteen considers the resonance of Derby having shifted from being the centre or beginning of the world, to being 5 minutes 54.9 (approximately) seconds behind time.
I hope to engage people in Derby and the East Midlands in the subject and to help them discover something of the history of where they live. I want them to consider how I reflect on that history, and the concerns about the fracture and divisions of geographical and social place, situation, and relationships. These are events and decisions that have a continuing impact on the impositions of where and how we lead our lives today.