This piece is a projected slide piece consisting
of a series of photographic transparencies shot at a fixed viewpoint,
as documentation of a performance by the artist.
The viewer sees the artist, dressed in a suit, walking backwards
and forwards in a crowd of commuters. The figure of the artist
appears and disappears amongst the others surrounding her, who
appear similar to her. We see the artist come towards us, turn
and disappear back into the crowd. This action is repeated this
until we realize that she appears, in fact, to be ‘inscribing’
a line in the crowd. She appears to be restaging works by the
Situationists as much as Richard Long, particularly his ‘A
Line Made by Walking’ much as her activity can also be
read as that of a the clockwork toy or caged animal pacing in
captivity. She appears as if displaced, or within a different
temporal continuum: the artist appears to be repeating the workers’
daily journey but at a faster speed. Her struggles to create
a space within the crowd become a deadpan parallel for artistic‘struggle’.
The artwork appears balanced between two states, as confined
as the daily monotony of the commuters’ journey and as
some kind of free act hidden within monotony, but equally within
its own modes of institutionalization.
As a projected slide piece, the rhythm of the slides changing
automatically within the projector (at a 2 second interval)
adds a sense of inevitability and a machinic rhythm to the work,
plus a cyclical form which enhances the meaning of the piece.