From the end of March 2019, until the end of July 2020, the view from Boston Harbour and the view across Sheffield towards Park Hill and the Cholera Monument were transmitted live via network cameras simultaneously. Initially intended to run for a year the work continued throughout the main lockdown period of the coronavirus outbreak of 2020
Each image was constructed pixel by pixel from the top left to the bottom right hand corner of the screen (like writing on a page) continuously over a five hour timespan – so that each completed image depicts five hours of time – embedding quite literally the time difference between the two locations.
Five Hours Later is part of a series of pixel by pixel transmissions which began life in 2002 as part of Transporting Skies a simultaneous solo show at Site Gallery, Sheffield, Yorkshire and Newlyn Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall. For Site’s 40th anniversary year, Sheffield was revisited, this time in collaboration with the ICA Boston, MWX (Boston), Site Gallery and The Showroom (Sheffield).
The Sheffield image was displayed live in Boston and the Boston image in Sheffield during the Museums on the Web (MWX) conference in 2019 in Boston.
Images from the work were posted regularly for the duration of the live transmission on Instagram and can be found at @susanalexislandscapes
A Limited Edition Print from the work, Boston Harbour, 20th April 2020 at 22:55pm (pictured below) is currently available on the Vide Atelier online edition space
Below are a few more stills from the work
EXHIBITION DATES AND LOCATIONS
Tuesday 02—Monday 08 April, 2019
Boston Harbour camera feed kindly supplied by IP Timelapse https://iptimelapse.com/