in an attempt
to measure a coastline

2013-2015


DIGITAL VINYL PRINT, EXPOSED BLACK & WHITE NEGATIVE FILM STRIPS, FOUND OBJECT, BLUE TAPE, 130X130 CM. PRODUCED WITH THE SUPPORT OF FUNDACIÓN BOTÍN.








DRAWING DETAILS; INSTALLATION VIEW AT MOSTYN GALLERY (2015).

TXT
the work is an attempt at answering the coastline paradox, “the counter-intuitive observation that the coastline of a landmass does not have a well-defined length”; smaller the scale, longer and more precise the length; different atlases, different coastlines. using the length and pace of my steps as a measurement tool, I walked for three days, from one end of the bay of santander to the other, for 45 km. the performance is transposed into a diagrammatic drawing, where existential notes coexist with data of the travelled path and distance and elevation from the sea level. the film strips impress the changing proportion between sky, coastline and sea and are read as the melody of a music composition where the only constant tone is defined by the line of the horizon. a found object, a 1973 football betting chart where the magnetic stripe resembles the silhouette of a coastline and the grid dimension equals the one of the musical staff,endorses the legitimacy of the experience.
Mark