TUNNEL BORING MACHINE
Four-channel video installation, stereo sound, 20 min loop, 2019.
Tunnel Boring Machine is a performance-film shot on an action camera fixed to the artist’s chest, while she walks twice and in opposite direction the entire length of a train crossing the Euro Tunnel, during a return trip from Brussels to London on the weekend of the 2019 European elections. The work is presented as a multi-channel video installation surrounded by a sound composition, where the recordings of contact microphones applied to the window of her passenger seat are modulated along the geological cross-section of the Euro Tunnel.
Both the action and the video installation revolve around a meticulous calculation of the different temporalities at play in the situation and serve to write the almost imperceptible score of the piece: the ‘Tunnel-time’ or ‘underwater-time’; the pace of the artist’s walk; the time that materialises in the gestures of the passengers; the gap between the first
and the second passage of the camera on the same spot; the reduced speed of the video; the reverse motion; the time
of two different time-zones that the train crosses. In its apparently linear and naked visual language, Tunnel Boring Machine thickens and gives exposure to the almost apathetic sameness and alienated atmosphere in which the train’s passengers are all immersed. Like in other works, Tunnel Boring Machine brings together the chronopolitical dimension of the worlds and ways of living that Teresa Cos inhabits, observes and constructs. (Beatrice Forchini)
Installation views at bb15, Linz and stills from video.