Gravity Loop is a series of photographs and video works which reconfigures
a single image in order to present multiple approaches to viewing time.
Taking its starting point in relativity, the series moves to consider
recent movements in Theoretical Physics and String Theory, which discuss
the possibilities of time as a non-continuous dimension, that is, that
at the quantum level, there may be gaps in time.
One way to imagine this concept visually is to consider the use of clocks
to tell time. Instead of a single clock that displays the passing of
time continuously, instead we must imagine an infinite number of identical
clocks, each of which come into existence for the tiniest fraction of
a second, display the time at that instant, and then disappear. In between
the appearance of these clocks is nothing, a gap in time where no matter
or movement exists.
Much as the model of the atom as a solid sphere of matter was replaced
in the early Twentieth century with a model that describes the atom
as almost empty space, the work uses similar ideas to illustrate possible
models of timekeeping in a non-continuous time.
In parallel with this conceptual depicting of time, the work is altered
to exist in a multiplicity of configurations depending on its installation
site. The images can flicker across a video wall, along a long line
of single monitors arranged side by side in a space, or as a series
of HD projections. The number of screens, and the image combinations
configured for each screen, depend on the dimensions, shape, and location
of the space in which the work is to be installed.
The audio for the piece was composed using a prepared piano, prepared
according to the directions John Cage provides in the score for his
Sonatas and Interludes (1948) and is performed by pianist Emily Manzo.