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Steven Claydon presents a newly commissioned audio visual installation that draws on his research into materiality and matter at an atomic level. Presented within the iconic, brutalist and still functional Grade II listed Moore Street electricity substation, Claydon’s work explores the transmission of energy via mass and the material manifestation of force.
In Infra-idol Assembly, Claydon samples footage from IBM’s stopframe animation A Boy and his Atom, featuring a stick ﬁgure composed of individual atoms. The ﬁlm exposes the material reality of the world at an extraordinary scale, but despite the cutting edge nature of the processes it employs, has a strangely primitive quality, resembling early cave drawings or efﬁgies. The work explores the tensions in human object interface relations, and our fascination with the enormous power bound up in such small particles. Claydon alludes to both the underlying existential threat, and the sense of optimism and enlightenment, that come together in our relationship with science.
The video is accompanied by audio samples of the atoms being moved, along with sporadic voices generated by early IBM computer poetry. This sequence is then mixed and ampliﬁed through a plate reverb unit specially designed and fabricated using steel from the city.
Steven Claydon (born 1969, London, UK) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Gilded Bough, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2016); The Fictional Pixel and The Ancient Set, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2015) and Analogues, Methods, Monsters, Machines, Centre D’Art Contemporain Geneva (2015). In electronic music, Claydon is a former member of Add N to (X), Jack to Jack (with Mark Leckey), and Relaxed Muscle (with Jarvis Cocker).
IBM from the development of A Boy and his Atom.