Zoe Williams

Snail Tracks

Commission

2017

http://snailtracks.otdac.org

For her commission Williams has produced a collation of nine short video clips arranged in a grid which allude to the language and structure of adult-content websites. These clips magnify and examine the often heavily fetishised surfaces of materials which include fur, leather, cream cakes, ceramics and bodily fluids.  Each clip features a sound composition by London-based musician Patchfinder, simultaneously responding whilst heightening and creating ruptures with the overt sensuality of the imagery. All of the videos can be downloaded and watched for free. The changing images behind the clips also hyperlink to a seemingly tangential selection of website pages.

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Heather Phillipson

SERIOUS TRACTION

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2015

http://serioustraction.otdac.org

Heather Phillipson’s new online video, SERIOUS TRACTION, takes place inside a body inside a room inside a screen inside a browser window. Limited to text and sporadic two-tone, diagrammatic images, the video conflates systematised behaviours – of language, medicine and intimate/public experience – through which the body is laid out, penetrated, assessed.

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Richard Healy

WHERE’S PETER?

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2014

http://wherespeter.otdac.org/

For his Opening Times commission, Richard Healy has produced the video WHERE’S PETER?. The work incorporates recorded footage, found documents and research that trace the relationship between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. The video self-consciously choreographs and organises material about spaces and structures that potentially afford subversive or alternative social models.

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Megan Rooney

Tilia americana

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2014

http://tiliaamericana.otdac.org

For her artwork commission, Megan Rooney has created Tilia americana, a set of five sequential, multi-framed 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. The audio track accompanying the videos is a voiceover of the artist reading a fractured and dreamlike prose poem.

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.

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.