No 08 Antony CairnsUnited Kingdom (1980)
The Tale of Adam Earl Gordons
Grand Prix Images Vevey 2017/2018 – Prix Spécial du jury
Antony Cairns’ work is based on the true story of a certain Gordon Earl Adams who mysteriously disappeared while building a time travelling machine in his basement in the early 20th century, leaving behind some 20 albums full of texts, diagrams and photos. Based on documents from the Archive of Modern Conflict, the artist builds a fiction around the reappearance of the inventor by projecting him in a dystopian version of London. Exhibited in a concrete basement, echoing the place where the inventor disappeared, the exhibition offers a personal reflection on the obsolescence of analogue equipment, while addressing the future of humankind in an all-digital society.
Produced by Images Vevey
Original scenography by Images Vevey in association with the artist