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The Syntax of Counting shown at the ICA as part of Art Licks Magazine's annual, 2012.

The Syntax of Counting.
2012.
Single channel video.

Continuing their examination of universal systems of understanding, this short film sees the artists collaboratively counting aloud. As the pair take turns reciting the phonetic parts of the language of counting, the system becomes complicated by the collaborative process and a desire for a deeper understanding of its mechanisms.

The work questions the difficulties inherent in mutual expression and understanding, highlighted by the choice of such a simple task whereby mutual understanding is a given. Communication becomes futile, two voices dovetail to become one, and through this absurdity perhaps the viewer's focus shifts from the artists struggle to achieve their goal, to their motivations.

 
 
Systems of Speech

Systems of Speech.
2012
Single channel video projection, stereo audio, steel construction system, MDF

Systems of Speech explores the nature of language and communication in relation to collaborative practice. Within the work language is deconstructed, broken down into its phonetic parts, and reconstituted to form a new whole.

Especially prevalent is the notion of a single voice emanating from a piece of work devised collaboratively. This voice tracks the progress of Irwin and Robinson's collaboration, speaking aloud text messages that the pair have sent each other since they first met. At the same time, the work questions the potential for conflict within collaborative practice, and the difficulties inherent in mutual expression and understanding.

This presentation of an exploded view of language becomes inaccessible, as meaning becomes obstructed by both the system itself and the random nature of the reconstruction. This becomes reconciled by its absurdity; as we grasp for understanding, humour offers a way in.

 
 
Nine installed at Departure Gallery show, Southall

Systems of Time.
2009.
Modified analogue clocks, Arduinos.

Nine clocks hang in a row, equidistant from one another, at a height atypical to offices or public spaces. The clocks run at different speeds and hence tell different times. One clock, positioned third from the left tells the correct time - Earth time. The other eight clocks have been mechanically reconfigured and programmed to represent the time as it passes on each of the planets in our solar system, reading left to right with Mercury on the far left and Pluto (although no longer technically a planet) on the far right.