6 hours of trekking through the Khubra Pass, with no sign of human or animal life, I notice a tiny shape on the ridge below the skyline begin a slow rotation, followed by a procession of black dots: a goatherd and his flock. The vastness and scale of the mountains in Nepal becomes more comprehensible only through this faint movement in time. VIADUCT 290913 was a performance in the English countryside that tried to capture, in a playful way, this sense of scale and perception.
Procedure: One at a time, audience members were given 60 seconds to look through a telescope pointed at the Cannington Viaduct in Uplyme, Dorset. Earphones were worn that played an audio recording I’d made of a group of elderly Mustang women, engaged in a fierce debate as they cut and cleared bracken outside their village. After the allotted 1 minute was up, the viewer was asked to make a drawing of what they had seen through the telescope.
Materials: 19th century stone Viaduct; picturesque English valley, machete, umbrella, rope, ladder, headphones, sound recording, telescope, viewing platform, human being.
* film of Viaduct 290913 is still in progress