Consisting of two series of eighty-one 35mm colour transparencies taken at the Adelaide Botanic Garden Palm House on two subsequent equinoxes - the date when night and day are of equal length. Equinox traces the passage of the sun in relation to the Palm House's glass surface during the six hours this building is open to the public (10am-4pm). For each of these series a photograph was taken every four and a half minutes, totalling eighty-one photographs over the six hours of photographing. This number is significant to the production of Equinox, as eighty-one slides are the number required to fill a carousel of the 35mm slide projector that projects their image in the works exhibition. In this way, the format of the apparatus that produces the work prescribes is very recording.
The journey of the sun in its production of the environment inside the glasshouse as an environment that differs from that of its location in the Adelaide Botanic Garden site, is central to this work. The sun links to the time of recording the photograph; it also refers to the brightness of the bulb that produces its own recording as a projected image. The timed series of slides are projected onto ceramic coated glass in real time, with each photograph being projected for four minutes and thirty seconds. In this way the photographs are related to the time of recording used in producing the work, and to the present temporarily of a particular time of day in which it is viewed by a present-viewer.
Equinox exhibited as part of Garden/Archive at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, 2013.
Catalogue accompanying exhibition of Equinox at Screen Space.