Jem Finer b. 1955
An installation both beside and in Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland, February 2005,
A structure stood in the water – resembling an upside-down pylon, or an arcane fishing rig. Strung across it, a radio telescope picked up electromagnetic interference from storms on the surface of Jupiter. On the shore was a shed, also upside-down, as if somehow it had been dropped there (maybe by a passing tornado). Inside the shed, a camera obscura, the inverted world was projected, the horizon sitting at the apex of the structure, like a globe atop its spinner.
A connection made between the dish of the lough and the bowl of the sky; voices from the lough, a vast, dark non-space in the centre of Northern Ireland, were mixed with signals from space, and the sounds of the wriggling of eels in the water.
The film was written and narrated by Tom McCarthy for the BBC. It was never shown due to a concern that they had too much conceptual art on that week.
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