Rob Smith: Rollercoaster ← Exhibitions ← Siobhan Davies Dance

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Rob Smith: Rollercoaster
2 Feb – 8 Mar 2009

Siobhan Davies Studios

Rollercoaster (2009) took the form of a generic theme park rollercoaster; a carriage with a front mounted camera moved steadily around the track taking an image with each short movement forward. These images were sequenced to produce a stop frame animation in which the viewer was taken speedily for a ride around the loops and dips of the rollercoaster.  The work captured snapshots of Siobhan Davies Studios and the activity of its occupants as the slow capture process of the camera reconfigures the comings and goings of the day through a time-lapse sequence displayed on an adjacent monitor.

Introduced to Siobhan Davies Dance by Charles Danby, Rob Smith extended the potential of the still image further in the poster work 3D Coaster (2009), an anaglyph rendering of the rollercoaster that springs into three-dimensions when viewed through red/blue 3d glasses.  Untitled Polaroids (2008) was a sequence of ten images captured on an island of land between the M11 and North Circular in East London taken using a hybrid pinhole/Polaroid camera.

Rob Smith also installed the work 1440frames (2008) during a rehearsal of Siobhan Davies’ new work The Collection, condensing a panoramic view of a six-hour rehearsal into a one-minute animation.

Venue info

Siobhan Davies Studios
85 St George's Road
London SE1 6ER
T +44 (0)20 7091 9650


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