bell in the cell // installation // Oxford Town Hall, 2010

Performed in the depths of Oxford Town Hall in one of the now redundant prison cells, a bell is sounded into the dark empty space. Hands stretching upwards against the backdrop of the barred window, the cymbals slowly meet causing a low resonance of sound that vibrates around the room.

Responding to the history of the old prison cells in Oxford, the sound simultaneously fills the space and clears it. Slowed down, the action exists in an endless cycle of forwards and reverse, transforming this simple act into a momentous occurrence with a perpetual beginning and end.

Commissioned by OVADA Oxford, as part of their offsite project ‘Spotlight’, November 2010

This work received the Mostyn Open 2011 Prize

installed on a continuous loop: