Megan Rooney

Tilia americana

Commission

2014

http://tiliaamericana.otdac.org

For her artwork commission, Megan Rooney has created Tilia americana, a set of five different multi-layered videos with an accompanying narrated text. The videos incorporate elements of drawing, sculpture and performance, portraying women obscured by water-coloured pillow cases in different suburban situations. Alongside the videos is a voiceover track reading a fractured and multi-layered prose narrative.

For an interview with the artist about her commission, please click here. For a transcript of the narrative, please click here.

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Oliver Sutherland

Arabidopsis Thaliana Flammeus

Commission

2014

http://atf14.otdac.org

For his artwork commission, Sutherland, in collaboration with a synthetic biologist, has created an altered genome file for the common weed Arabidopsis Thaliana. The new genome has an altered pigment in daylight and a fluorescing pigment under certain light conditions. The file has a limit to the number of downloads on Opening Times’ website before it will be dependent on peer sharing and seeding through the BitTorrent sharing community. The artwork exists as an ‘ApE’ file, a format produced using a freeware genetic editor often used by biological engineers and genetic hackers. However, the consumer tools to actualise and produce genetic code as living matter does not yet exist and therefore the file sits in anticipation of a future technology to activate it.

(Note: BitTorrent is a protocol supporting the practice of peer-to-peer file sharing that is used to distribute large amounts of data over the Internet. To download the files a BitTorrent client such as uTorrent is required).

For an interview with the artist about his commission, please click here.

Nicolas Sassoon

Pandora

Residency

2014

http://pandora.otdac.org

Throughout his 3 month residency, Sassoon will create and upload new works to his Pandora project, centred around the building he has occupied on Pandora Street for the last five years, a building that is both his house and studio. Whilst playing on the mythological story of the same name, Sassoon uses the structure of his domestic space as container for multiple works.

For an interview with the artist about his residency, please click here.

Ruth Proctor

Always

Commission

2014

http://always.otdac.org

For her artwork commission, Proctor has created Always, a standalone website that displays a clock, continuously counting on from the launch of the Opening Times website. The appearance of the website changes on each visit. When a button is pressed, an automated screen shot is downloaded, recording the unique time of the visitor’s interaction.

For an interview with the artist about her commission, please click here.

Nicholas O'Brien

You Alright?

Research Commission

2014

http://youalright.otdac.org

For his research commission, O’Brien has produced a script and video essay, collectively titled, You Alright?. Based on a recent trip to London, You Alright? looks at the need for space, and the apparent lack of it, for emerging artists.

For an interview with the artist about his commission, please click here.