The Great Orbital Run (or the M25 in 4000 Images)

Chance, Veronique C. (2020) The Great Orbital Run (or the M25 in 4000 Images). Arts, 9 (1). p. 8. ISSN 2076-0752

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The Great Orbital Run was a solitary run/artwork that took place over nine days around the inside boundary of the M25 London Orbital. The journey was mapped through a stream of photographs and GPS coordinates relayed live from a mobile phone to a web interface and shown as a projected artwork at the University of Greenwich, London. It was later re-configured as the M25 in 4000 images, a unique concertina bookwork/sculpture produced from digital data into tangible, printed paper form. Cut, folded, and constructed by hand, it makes visible the mass of images that embody the running activity and the terrain it represents. This essay considers this artwork and its status as a document and artist’s book, reflecting on (1) the original running activity, (2) the mapping of the boundary of Greater London, (3) the performance of technology in relaying the run, and (4) the transformation of digital images into material form. The document is considered in relation to the run as a performance and in relation to its performative potential. This is extended to the documentary properties of the artists’ book as ‘a form of three-dimensional representation’ that, through its ‘agency’, aligns itself with spatial practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This is part of the Special Issue: Artists’ Books: Concept, Place, and a Quiet Revolution, edited by Dr. Chris Taylor
Keywords: running, performance art, the body, technology, digital image, mediation, documentation, artists' books, spatial practice, agency
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 11:01
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53

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