In October 2023, an underwater network camera was installed in a harbour wall in Aigio, Greece looking out to sea.
The camera is located at sea level so that its viewpoint alternates between above and below water, according to time and tide.
The captured images are encoded pixel-by-pixel from the top left to the bottom right of the screen continuously, the twelve-hour timeframe reflecting the Mediterranean tidal cycle.
As well as being a play on the Corinthian currant, the word ‘Current’ of the title refers to both the currents of the sea and the current or present moment – the ‘now’ – of a work that is constantly in flux in a continually updating present.
Current II follows on from the earlier Current where a network camera recorded the view from the deck of a ship in Aigio’s old port. The original plan to install it in the harbour wall (now realised here) was disrupted by ships returning to port unexpectedly having been grounded due to the Covid crisis and obscuring the planned vantage point. The ships finally set sail in 2022 and so in October 2023 the camera was finally able to be installed in the original intended location.
Current II has been realised as part of the Primarolia Festival 2023 exhibition(ISAXO) in response to your letter (ACEUK) weather is approving, 18 November – 3 December 2023, Villa Kolla, Patras, Greece curated by Nansy Charitonidou and Bill Psarras
Part of an ongoing series of works transmitting and composing images over time from remote locations Current II – now in its original intended position at sea level – is the first work in the series from the perspective of the water itself.
Selected images from the work will be posted below and on Instagram at @susanalexislandscapes
Current II has been made possible thanks to:
OTAQ Offshore, for generously providing the underwater camera and subsea equipment
Matt Jarvis, as always for his creative programming and inventive solutions
The Port Authority, Aigio for agreeing to host the camera
The Primarolia Festival for inviting me back for this latest iteration of the festival to show to work as originally conceived
and last but not least the incredible commitment, goodwill, generosity and inventiveness of Nansy Charitonidou and Bill Psarras who first invited me to make this work and have seen it through so many obstacles (not least a global pandemic) and have made it possible to realise it – at a distance – not once but twice.