Thursday, 2 June 2011

Web project by Simon Faithfull

Simon Faithfull's web-based artwork, Limbo shares live drawings by the artist. Over the last 10 years, Simon Faithfull (b.1966) has consistently made drawings on an electronic device (an etch-a-sketch I think) that record his presence in a particular place, at a particular moment, somewhere on the surface of the planet. To date, over 500 observational sketches record what he saw in each of these places. These details of everyday life have slowly built up to record his wanderings from Whitechapel High Street to Antarctica and back.

Limbo makes this entire back-catalogue of drawings available, and presents new sketches live to the user, the moment that they are made. This digital, instantaneous platform mirrors the process by which Faithfull makes the drawings. The work also creates a personal atlas of the world, mapping time and space, as experienced by one individual, on an ongoing basis.

The works are both curiously old fashioned and up-to-date at the same time. 

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