For this new commission, Faithfull is undertaking a journey across the landmasses of Europe and Africa heading in the direction of the exact centre of nowhere – the ‘Zero Point’ of the planet where the Greenwich Meridian crosses the Equator in the Atlantic Ocean. The Greenwich Meridian is an arbitrary construction and its placing on the globe is a legacy of the imperial power of the British Empire.
The line is used as a datum point for the planet (a ‘0’ for the systems that measure space and time upon this sphere) and yet in any physical sense, it does not exist. 0º00 Navigation explores some of the paradoxes and absurdities of this hypothetical line and the strange geopolitics that occur when reality collides with this abstraction. Faithfull begins his journey on the north coast of France where the meridian line emerges from the sea, and travels south until he reaches the Ghanaian coast where the line disappears into the Atlantic.
This new work consists of a performance woven through time and space. The journey by Faithfull began in summer 2014 and will conclude towards the end of the exhibition in spring 2015. The installation will therefore be developed and added to throughout the course of the exhibition as Faithfull slowly nears the coast of Ghana.
Simon Faithfull is a contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively around the world. His practice has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object – to test its limits and report back from its extremities. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at ArtConnexion, (Lille, France), the British Film Institute (London), Harris Museum (Preston) and Galerie Polaris.
Commissioned by Edge Arts, and supported by the Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Bath, and academics at SOAS, University of London and University of Central London.
Going Nowhere? Q&A with Simon Faithfull
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
FRI 27 MAR, 6pm
Simon Faithfull discusses his practice and current exhibition 0º00 Navigation.
This new work consists of a performance woven through time and space
The film 0º00 Navigation shows an obsessive and deranged journey exactly along the Greenwich Meridian.