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Ansuman Biswas: Gnomon

01 Jan 2011-30 Apr 2017

Site specific work in the Stuart Hall Library

Light boxes incorporate kinetic elements which echo the lines and angles of the building and bookshelves.

The work responds to the unique architecture of the building and sits nestled within the library’s window alcoves. Here, shadow forms subtly respond to the breath and heat of the readers who animate the space. These absences of light make visible the flow of information which is the life of the building.

The artist has imagined the building as an observatory. Many of the first buildings were tools for understanding the cosmos; Stonehenge, Jantar Mantar and Macchu Picchu were designed to locate oneself in the heavens. They stood amongst constantly changing angles of light, caught in the intersection of the human and the more-than-human environment. Similarly, Rivington Place was designed in relation to the sun.

This commission is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Opening times are the same as those of the Library, Tuesday – Friday 10am-1pm, 2-5pm.

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