Astronomical – Claire Hind & Gary Winters

We wanted a combination of photographic material from the actual plotted points on the route mixed with text, textures and manipulations that would surface some of the ideas running though the project – site, place, walking, time, the cosmos, the effects of the lockdown – and also the contingency of things we find out along the way. So, this might mean text sitting directly on an image as a caption, a slogan, a provocation, a reflection, a lyric; it might also mean the addition of a spectral object or shape to mark the co-ordinates on our map; it could also mean the mirroring, cloning or copying of certain details in the photograph, suggesting possibilities of other worlds, realities or narratives: ‘what if’s’.
Astronomical. Post 30 Photo Credit Claire Hind and Gary Winters
We wanted a combination of photographic material from the actual plotted points on the route mixed with text, textures and manipulations that would surface some of the ideas running though the project – site, place, walking, time, the cosmos, the effects of the lockdown – and also the contingency of things we find out along the way. So, this might mean text sitting directly on an image as a caption, a slogan, a provocation, a reflection, a lyric; it might also mean the addition of a spectral object or shape to mark the co-ordinates on our map; it could also mean the mirroring, cloning or copying of certain details in the photograph, suggesting possibilities of other worlds, realities or narratives: ‘what if’s’.
Astronomical. Post 30 Photo Credit Claire Hind and Gary Winters

Astronomical charts a route through the city of York across a year. Taking the Astronomical Clock at York Minster as a starting point – both as inspiration and its physical location – the virtual path moves through the city, moving incrementally away from the centre point of the Minster and ending up in orbit somewhere out on the city’s ring road.   Astronomical Clocks act as timepieces for solar time as well as sidereal time, with a sidereal day being 4 minutes shorter than a solar day. This anomaly accounts for 1 degree of spin on the Earth’s axis, and the project’s trajectory will reflect a movement of that amount each day in relation to the Minster (ultimately a full rotation), whilst travelling outward towards the city’s edge. 

Claire Hind walks this path as durational performance, takes photograph at exact points on the walk; specific plotted points on the virtual map, and Gary treats those photographs with textual anecdote to share on Instagram.  

http://www.garyandclaire.com/astronomical/

Gary Winters and Claire Hind work under the company name Gary and Claire. Their collaboration includes walking arts, live art, film, neon light installation, theatre and documentation. Their work has an international reach and their relationship between writing, play and performance is articulated in their book Embodying the Dead, Writing, Playing, Performing (Macmillan IHE 2020). 

www.garyandclaire.com