Deep Time – Part of a Installation created in response to the Cambridge Sustainability Residency 2015 in collaboration with Pia Alejandra Galvez, Emma James and Barbara Boiocchi.
Recent research has shown that the human body clock is not driven by DNA but by an ‘ancient mechanism that has stayed with us through billions of years of evolution’ [Andrew Miller, UESBS]. This ancient clock conflicts with our current economic and social clock – when the body releases melatonin at 9pm to get us ready for sleep, we could be running, socialising or working. Our 24hr lifestyle has disconnected us from the rhythms and cycles of our environment and the universe, which has detached us from the ecological cycles we are tied into.
Our own transient existence is dependent on the sustainability of our planet. Three important factors introduced into my work are;
1)Our relationship to time beyond our own existence
2)How knowledge of the consequences of our actions impacts on decisions
3)The importance of our physical experience of our landscape, reconnecting with its processes to avert its own demise.