Tim Gruchy & Mal Enright
Cognition Trish Clark
collaboration with Brisbane-based artist, designer and collector Mal
Enright, Clem’s Lever is a single screen interactive work with sound. A
vast set of still images from Enright’s Pink collection auto cycles in
silence until the lever is touched by a user. It then allows the
interactor to navigate forwards and backwards at varying speeds through
the thousands of images as the soundtrack is heard.
Clem's Lever : Tim Gruchy & Malcolm Enright
William S. Burrough’s book ‘Cities of the Red Night’ first published in
1981, a psychic detective character Clem Snide searches for a lost
adolescent boy abducted for use in a sexual ritual. A primary tool in
his investigative process is a modified reel to reel tape recorder that
randomly records and bi-directionally plays back field recordings from
the boy’s last know sightings.
On seeing my long standing friend and collaborator Mal Enright’s
collection of Pink images, I was immediately reminded of this Burroughs
imagining. Mal is a life long collector and as an ex creative director
from the advertising world he often explores uniquely peculiar
juxtapositions of imagery, ideas and objects. I worked with an abridged
and variant set from Mal’s Pink collection, a vast set of still images,
variously sourced from the public domain, his own shots and items from
his ephemera collection with every image significantly altered by him.
I built Clem’s Lever as a mechanism for exploring, interrogating and juxtaposing meaning from this enormous wealth of imagery.
The associated soundscape started with the song “Millions of Images’
that Mal found in the collection of John Waterman, taken from a
collaboratory EP that Burroughs and Gus Van Sant released in 1985 that
I then augmented and manipulated.
Playful, sensual and provocative, Clem’s Lever is more than a little
bizarre and toys with analogue devices alongside digital archiving.
In due course there will be other differently themed content sets for this interface.
Clem's Lever from Tim Gruchy on Vimeo.v
All images by Tim Gruchy & Barbara Heath