WTC#5: TIMESPACE – Momentum at The Curve

‘Our internal model of time, movement, mass and space is based on a lifetime of experience, perhaps even genetically encoded. What happens when we build a new model? What happens when we bend the rules?’ UVA

United Visual Artists’ Momentum consists of twelve pendulums that activate light and sound as they swing, drawing attention to the Curve’s vast arc, inviting you to journey through the space guided by your heightened senses. Each pendulum has been meticulously designed and built using steel, aluminium, and custom electronics. The sound is individual to each pendulum, prepared and tuned to seamlessly resonate as they move within the Curve.


Footfalls echo in the memory

Down the passage which we did not take

Towards the door we never opened

Into the rose-garden.

My words echo

Thus, in your mind.

But to what purpose

Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves

I do not know.

TS Eliot – Burnt Norton


Incas regarded space and time as a single concept, referred to as pacha

“The representation of coexistence is impossible in Time alone; it depends, for its completion, upon the representation of Space; because, in mere Time, all things follow one another, and in mere Space all things are side by side.” Arthur Schopenhauer

“There is no difference between time and any of the three dimensions of space except that our consciousness moves along it… any real body must have extension in four directions: it must have Length, Breadth, Thickness, and Duration”.

The Time Machine,H. G. Wells, 1895

Marcel Proust, in Swann’s Way (1913) describes the village church of his childhood’s Combray as “a building which occupied, so to speak, four dimensions of space—the name of the fourth being Time”.

More than with any other capital, you can make your own London’   Patrick Keiller

Keiller trained as an architect but turned to film, particularly intrigued by the surrealists’ notion of changing a city by changing the way we look at it. This proved an attractive idea for somebody who wasn’t going to change it through architecture…

In London, one way in which Keiller transforms the city is by “reimagining” places. Which means giving us the pictures while the narrator tells pleasant lies…

(Excerpts from Guardian interview, 2004)

Barbican, Mendelssohn’s Tree

Dedicated to Mendelssohn, this is a part of a tree from Burnham Beeches which was blown down in 1990, and which was apparently a favourite haunt of the composer Mendelssohn to gain inspiration for his music.


About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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