Projector, Microphone

Amplifier, video camera


2010, Made with Joanne Masding for SIDESHOW 2010, Nottingham
‘Involution’ (Projector, mirrors, microphone, amp, video camera, cables) draws on Farmer and Masding’s interest in attempting to understand the world by analysing and responding to familiar objects within it. This line of inquiry comes from a visual and an aural perspective and looks not only at the physical attributes and systems within these objects, but the schemata used in the process of exploration.

Farmer closely examines commonplace noises in an attempt to find their internal sequences or to create new orderliness with external systems. For ‘Involution’ (Projector, mirrors, microphone, amp, video camera, cables) the sound of the fan inside a digital projector is explored with a microphone and amplifier. Masding films this process as an attempt to understand Farmer’s method of exploration.

The work is constructed and exhibited in a method sympathetic to key notions borrowed from the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi, which encompasses ideas of temporality. A core thought of this is that things are either devolving toward or evolving from nothingness; objects can be taken directly from the world unaltered, transformed into something else for a period of time in a particular context, simply to return to the world and disappear.

Each exhibiting venue for Sideshow 2010 has been asked to provide the components that make up the piece, the artists will then remake and reassemble the work in each given space, then leave, to have no further involvement as to how long it remains for or its afterlife.


22 October – Sideshow 2010 Launch Party, One Thoresby St, Nottingham,NG1 1AJ

28 October – Wunderkammer, Hopkinson Gallery, The Art Organisation, 21 Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3AJ

2 November – Tether Studios
17a Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, NG1 3JH

11 November – What Ever Happened To The Midland Group – Sideshow Seminar
Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AL

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