Illumination Rig starts with a basic premise, turning money into light, it is in this sense an event, an occasion where consumption and transformation are made conspicuous. But the piece works in other ways: The lights used are very specific, they are film lights, they have a particular architecture and quality and they bring about the sense that something is about to unfold within their throw, they imply some kind of narrative, something about to arrive or depart, something extraordinary. They turn whatever they illuminate into a possible film set and they are a way of orchestrating movement and architecture. They also light the audience, they become the subject in a fictional landscape.The nuance of the piece changes dramatically according to location and the conditions around it.
Illumination Rig has so far been shown in five locations:
Margate, Kent, for the Turner Contemporary opening, 2011
Reculver, Kent, 2004
Newcastle city centre, with Locus+ 2006
Sharjah, UAE, for the 8th biennial 2007
Elephant & castle, London for Animated Environments at Siobhan Davies Studios 2012