Ben Evans James
Curator - Producer - Filmmaker

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Porthcurno (2017)




Stocks floating, bubbles bursting, clouds storing. In the fourth industrial revolution we are told to look up to the sky. - Klaus Schwab

Porthcurno is an installation that explores the materiality of the internet, specifically focusing on the web of undersea data cables that link the UK to Europe, Africa and the Americas that come to shore at the hidden cove of Porthcurno at the Western extremes of the rugged Cornish coastline.

16mm footage filmed around Porthcurno and the nearby satellite listening station at Goonhilly is projected into a floating installation. Twin 16mm projectors stand at opposing ends of the space projecting positive and negative images that are reflected and refracted within the installation. Light travels through the framework and is reflected via the central screen onto mirrored planes. Playing on themes of surveillance, the dominance in brightness of either projector shifts, making the central screen appear transparent or solid.
Made in collaboration with Sebastian Kite