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  • Installation images showing the colour light interactions and the pendulum scoring a fine path through the sand

  • Colour light combinations

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  • Light paths taken of several journeys of the pendulum starting from a wide orbit, through the chaos as it passes the magnetic fields and into a harmonic pattern at the centre

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  •  Strange Attractor

    Strange Attractor is the title of a new installation developed by Anna Heinrich & Leon Palmer for the Amy Johnson festival, 2016.  It has evolved through discussions with the Department of Engineering at Hull University and inspired by the nature of the flights of Any Johnson.

    A magnetic pendulum swings in an arc across a large disk of white sand onto which three circles of continuously changing coloured light are projected.  These circles overlap each other to form a central section of white light under which three magnetic centres exert an invisible force.

    The pendulum cuts a fine pattern in the sand which traces its various journeys towards equilibrium and the calm elliptical spiral at the centre.  The magnets however, exert a strange attraction and bring a degree of uncertainty to the airspace and the exact direction that will be taken.  Occasionally the pendulum completely changes direction and can even become stranded at a magnetic pole.  Viewers are invited to swing the pendulum and follow the flight as it passes through borders of colour, sandy terrain and magnetic atmosphere.

    The Strange Attractor could also describe the human fascination with light, material and pattern amidst the compelling uncertainty of elemental forces.  Art and science have a natural overlap as they are both functions of our interpretation and understanding of the universe and the world we live in.

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    CAPRICCIO –an artwork for the new visitor centre, National Trust, Mottisfont.

    Artists Anna Heinrich & Leon Palmer

    A capriccio is as an architectural fantasy formed by the placing together of buildings, imaginary views and architectural elements into fictional combinations.  This could be a description of Mottisfont peppered with curious illusory spaces like the tromp l’oeil murals of the Whistler Room and wall cupboards which open to reveal the architecture of the C13th Priory, the concealment of which lies at the heart of its architectural growth.

     

    CAPRICCIO is a contemporary photographic trompe l’oeil reworking of Mottisfont on an architectural scale.  It creates an illusory extension across the back wall of the new visitor centre presenting Mottisfont as a theatrical myriorama of spaces.  This offers the visitor glimpses through its diverse interiors into different parts of the surrounding landscapes, gardens and histories with the font and early Priory placed at the centre of the construction.

    Mottisfont is so multi-layered that it takes some time to experience the depth of the property and its different stories.  CAPRICCIO rearranges these architectural layers and details such as the paintings on walls, the arrows of the curtain rails, the font, the gardens, and landscapes in much the same spirit as Rex Whistler created his illusory fantasies.  For instance an apple on a table makes reference to the story behind Mottisfont’s crab apple tree which is reputed to have been brought over from the garden where Napoleon was prisoner on the island of Elba.  Mottisfont stands out as a quirky and artistic place sprung from a natural source – CAPRICCIO is a reflection of this.


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  • Precession, a light installation for Viewpoint -

    Artist Residency at Portsmouth Cathedral

     Light is a perfect medium to explore the phenomena of faith in its broader sense.  Light can reveal but also blind, it can change the appearance of things and cast shadows, above all it is seductive to the senses and faith can be all of these things.  Using the ambiguities of light and projection, we have been exploring ideas of connection and common ground, division and exclusion.  The setting of Portsmouth Cathedral makes this so much more vivid as these questions seem to be embodied within the fabric of the building and its use.

     We  installed ‘Precession’ at the centre of the nave comprising of a large table of salt illuminated by a red, a green and a blue spot light and swept by a concrete pendulum pivoting over 10 metres above from a cross bar spanning the ceiling vault.  ‘Precession’ is a term used to describe the slow changes in direction of a rotating body such as the changes in direction of swing of a Foucault’s pendulum as momentum is exchanged between the pendulum bob and the planet earth.  The three lights combine to form a white centre whilst the pendulum cuts through the component colours splitting them into yellow, magenta and cyan.  This split shadows every movement of the pendulum and human interaction breaks the white light further into red blue and green.  Occasionally the shadow is completely dark.

     We wanted to use the architecture and symbolism of the cathedral in a very direct way by creating an intervention as a kind of artistic question in the central line of the Nave between the baptismal font and the high altar.  The work is purposefully seductive, enticing and elemental.  Each colour appears as a complete entity that could easily exclude the others.  The salt crystals that draw in and refract the light have an obvious connection to the sea and earth, and can preserve and corrode.  In the context of the Cathedral, salt is also a powerful metaphor for the flavour and quality of intention and action within Christianity and across other faiths.  The pendulum draws a line that splits the nave, yields to gravity and cuts through the salt and the colour spectrum. 

    Working with such strong and direct elements and letting them interact at the heart of a building with such a rich culture and symbolism has been an amazing experience and it will take some time for its meaning to unfold.


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  • Blue Manifold

    Duratran light box with live video projection,  Swindow Shopping Centre (1997)

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  • Lore of The Land

    Duratran light boxes..

    Chelmsford Magistrates Court. Client HMRC. Commissioned 2012.

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  • The Reveal - an underground camera obscura

    Site specific installation for Hadleigh Country Park, Essex. Commissioned by Essex County Council and Place Services  on behalf of RSPB and The Greater Thames Marshes Nature Improvement Area Partnership with support from the Arts Council of England and the Olympic Legacy Interpretation fund (2015)