Anne Hardy - The Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light (2019)

Anne Hardy – The Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light

For Anne Hardy’s winter commission at Tate Britain I was asked to design a system which would synchronise festoon lighting, comprising around 1000 control channels, with a new 4 channel audio work Anne had produced for the commission. The DMX lighting control signal was sent via Art-Net to reach festoon controllers inside and outside of the building, utilising Tate’s existing network infrastructure. Initial sequencing of the lights was done using commercial lighting control software and then transferred to custom built, light weight lighting control and audio playback software to ensure the sequence could play 24 hours a day for 3 months.

The light and sound elements of the work are site-specific and have been choreographed in situ to give the impression that the building has become possessed. Manifesting these environmental changes through the material and aural changes to the site, the commission appears to transport visitors through time and place to a parallel prehistoric world or post-apocalyptic future.