Thames Tides

Thames Tides Susi Arnott & Crispin Hughes

A large-scale, 5-screen projected installation, created along the tidal Thames in central London

This is my latest collaborative show with Susi Arnott.

Twice a day, the Thames rises many metres to fill secret, enclosed spaces in central London.

Cameras and stereo microphones, held under wharves, jetties and office-blocks, recorded four distinct audio films. Starting slowly, the water rises inexorably to take and drown each camera in the confined space of its man-made, built environment; stereo sounds of traffic, birds, humans and boat-wash are replaced by burbling inundation and the buzz of propellers. The films are not ‘in synch’; the chaos of their rhythms means nobody walks into the same exhibition twice…

To find out more go to the Thames Tides website here.
https://thamestides.wordpress.com/

Screenings

Sunday September 4th 2016

Thames Tides will premiere as part of the 2016 Totally Thames festival
http://totallythames.org/events/info/thames-tides

Sunday September 4th 2016 at The Cinema Museum,
2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Rd.), Kennington, SE11 4TH

Anytime from 2pm till 10pm. Free entry. There’ll be a bar, café and plenty of space to mingle and talk. – alongside the multi-screen, stereo experience to wander through.

 

Tuesday 13th-Friday 16th September 2016

Thames Tides will be on show 10am – 5pm everyday at the astonishing Brunel Shaft by the river in Rotherhithe. Free entry. Donations to the museum gratefully received.

Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF.

 

Totally Thames Festival

 

 

Unquiet Thames

‘Allied to the bottom of the river rather than the surface, by reason of the slime and ooze with which it was covered, and its sodden state, this boat and the two figures in it obviously were doing something that they often did, and were seeking what they often sought.
But, it happened now, that a slant of light from the setting sun glanced into the bottom of the boat, and, touching a rotten stain there which bore some resemblance to the outline of a muffled human form, coloured it as though with diluted blood.’
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

In 2006 this exhibition of 2.5 metre wide panoramic images was exhibited at the Museum of London in Docklands with a soundtrack by Susi Arnott. While making the work I was thinking as much about Dickens, Melville and Poe as about climate change but as rising sea levels have become a more urgent concern the images have gathered a renewed interest. Panos Pictures are currently running the work as one of their stories:
http://www.panos.co.uk/stories/2-13-1494-1988/Crispin-Hughes/Unquiet-Thames/