The Northern Charter
Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle, NE1 6QE
Project Space open during events only
The reading group
18 Crazy Angels
Projection Club with Charles Danby & Rob Smith
Parallel Cipher is a two screen video work in which Charles Danby and Rob Smith move through a forest in total darkness illuminating their way with camera flashes that fill the screen and spill from one screen to the other. These flashes imprint a sharp momentary image onto the retina and simultaneously fix it in the video as a single frame. The artists can be heard making their way through the darkness in an audio track that records their continual movement, while the forest emerges and retreats through fleeting moments of visibility. The forest they move through becomes the multiplied, plural site of folkloric metaphor, post-industrial lumber factory, cinematic fiction and romantic enchantment.
Alongside the two suspended screens, light sensors react to the flashes in the videos which in turn trigger flash units in the space. This parallel iteration of the work emits a sequence of flashes that are visible in the street through the windows of The Northern Charter, expanding the forest to encroach on the city.
Women Artists of the North East Library