Simultaneity is not an Invariable Concept

2012

14 Collodion wetplate photographs (ambrotypes). 8 x 10 inches glass plates.

The glass photographic plates represent different points of view of a number of observation instruments arranged in space just at the time of the total eclipse observed by Eddington in May 29th, 1919. In fact, they are digital reconstructions of an imagined space that has taken a physical dimension on the surface of an image created by contemporary technological tools, but using printing techniques from the early twentieth century, based on extensive research on the observation instruments used and how they could be arranged in space.

Their verisimilitude could only be questioned by the impossibility of having taken those pictures simultaneously from 14 different points at a moment of almost total darkness using the technology available in 1919.

This obsession with reconstituting a space as a receptacle of an experience is a way of recognizing an irremediable void in historical accounts. Both the film “Action at a Distance” and the photographic plates, rather than creating an image of what could have been, are an attempt of representing the gap for which there are no possible images. In a way, this series of works are an attempt at representing a gap between the concrete space and time experience of the expedition and the abstraction derived from the same, standardized by Western historical accounts.