june 2018

21jun11:4512:15Michelle Atherton: Absorbing Red Photons11:45 - 12:15 B: Studio 1

Event Details

Absorbing Red Photons is an intimate single-screen video installation exploring what might be a stake in an act of submersion in a space of perpetual darkness.

The video uses footage shot from a descent, 2,000 ft. below sea level, off the coast of Roatan, Honduras and presents the view from the submersible’s thirty-inch porthole. As the camera travels through the water it draws the audience ever deeper into the hydrosphere, testing what we know about the dynamics of submersion, the ocean and ourselves.

The video piece ARP presents the view from the submersible’s thirty-inch porthole. No human presence is ever seen, only the intermittent sound of released oxygen and creaking steel, reinforcing the separation of the confined and claustrophobic space of viewing – the sub, and the fluid space of submersion.

ARP aims to challenge our centrality in relation to a scene in which we become completely immersed, but severed. One in which we ultimately cannot locate our gaze, our sense of self. It asks what it means to be surrounded in space that it is impossible to inhabit. The piece questions the primacy of the visual and our relations with a space of alterity, where everyday dynamics need to be redefined


I am an artist based in London. The majority of the work is lens based, taking an experimental approach to such concerns as the resistance of space in and through the image. The idea is to cultivate an insubordinate aesthetic as the works function critically as a series of after or pre- images. Most recent exhibitions include: Kunstraum, Linz, Austria; Zeppelin Museum, Germany; Tatton Park Biennale U.K.; Kino Babylon, Berlin; Linergallari Tallinn, Estonia and supported through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Arts Council, U.K. I am a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.


(Thursday) 11:45 - 12:15


B: Studio 1

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN