[above: the light at 2pm on Friday during Long Film For Ambient Light]
[The following is a short series of excerpts from an interview with Anne Walton, recorded by Lucas, Friday 16th March 2007, 2pm. These quotes are cut from a longer conversation. The full transcript will be more interesting!]
I felt a smoothnessâ€¦ like I was entering into something very smooth [â€¦] the light has something to do with it. And all the grey tones in this place. [â€¦] A slightly clinical feel. [â€¦] I couldnâ€™t help noticing the curtains. Some kind of notion of theatre. Although I quickly realised they were just here, already a part of the space. I felt myself a part of the structure. [â€¦] As far as this being an event [â€¦] the physical structure and the structure that youâ€¦ that this event isâ€¦ it resonates with the notion of intervals and spaces.
When there isnâ€™t much thatâ€™s been put here, I start to want to look at whatâ€™s been put here alreadyâ€¦ The little dotted recessesâ€¦ in the concreteâ€¦
I quickly felt some kind of a longing â€“ to be here, for much longer. â€¦ Itâ€™s a long film, and Iâ€™m only here for just a quick glimpse. So I feelâ€¦regretful.
[If I stayed longer] I imagine some of the initial romance and positive feelings would start to be challengedâ€¦
I started wondering whether lots of conversations will happen â€“ is it a social space? A meditative space? Conversation can be great way to pass the time.
I feel as though if I stayed here longerâ€¦ Iâ€™d do a lot of writingâ€¦ from a state of relative emptinessâ€¦ not useful writing, just a flowing writingâ€¦
The lightbulb â€¦ it is very electricâ€¦ the thingness of it is very strongâ€¦ it is a very sharp point in the centre of the space. Itâ€™s really cracklingâ€¦
The time chart and the statement â€“ made me feel supported in being hereâ€¦ theyâ€™re a kind of explanation. It helps to frame the experience for meâ€¦ and giveâ€¦not clues, but it reinforcesâ€¦particularly the long scrollâ€¦somehow preparatory for my time hereâ€¦
Itâ€™s quite zen â€¦very zen â€¦ just attending to the present moment â€¦ I can imagine, having been Iâ€™m going to go away and take it with meâ€¦a consciousness of this slice of time in the space has been carved out, and itâ€™s here, and I entered it for a brief moment, itâ€™s almost like I dipped my toe into a stream and when I go away I know the streamâ€™s there and others are going to come to the spot thatâ€™s been carved out for getting right into it â€¦ immersionâ€¦
Louise was struck by the austerity of thisâ€¦I said yes, although for me austerity has a harshness about it, I donâ€™t feel yetâ€¦ Thereâ€™s more of a sense of generosity in this spaceâ€¦
Iâ€™m glad to see it at this time, when itâ€™s still pristine and unspoiled by human â€¦ habitation â€¦