[above: the light at 9pm on Friday during Long Film For Ambient Light]
[The following is a short series of excerpts from an interview with Chris Fleming, recorded by Lucas, Friday 16th March 2007, 9pm. These quotes are cut from a longer conversation. You can also read a short note he wrote after the event, here.]
Thereâ€™s something about the scale of it. When I first came in here I felt my eyes almost felt pulled onâ€¦because Iâ€™d been in my office all dayâ€¦ so it was reallyâ€¦ I just kind of switched offâ€¦
LI: Youâ€™d said you were zoning oout?
CF: what does zoning out mean? Like a feeling that I didnâ€™t know I was there but I knew I had been there. Itâ€™s really strange.
LI: how much time passed do you think in that period?
CF: five minutes? I donâ€™t know.
Also this being framed by something that happened previously. It almost felt like an anchor. I found something vaguely comforting about the fact that something like that was being re-created.
The fact that it was done in the past lent it some weight?
CF â€“ weightâ€™s not the right word. Reassuring. It felt nice there was some continuity of tradition. Traditionâ€™s not the right word, either, dignification. I really donâ€™t know. My whole brainâ€™s just switched offâ€¦
[continued, now outside the space]
It also felt a bit naughty coming in thereâ€¦I was running out of the house. Iâ€™d been paralysed by wasting time, I could go in there and switch off without wasting time, there was a guiltless non-doing about it that I really enjoyed. The scale of it just shifts. The change in physicality. Like when you stand on somewhere really tall and you feel your stomach just move. That caused a shift in me that kicked something off, just the scale of it, it was big and enclosed, that was a defamiliarisation effect.