We were asked by Sophie Clements to create a huge array to capture dust particles. We used the programmable sequential trigger system, which allowed us to programme in quirks and glitches.
‘How We Fall (2017)’ is the second part of Sophie Clements’ commission for the Barbican’s foyer series. Like it’s counterpart ‘Shall I This Time Hold You?’, ‘How We Fall’ examines a moment of dramatic change. Where ‘Shall I This Time Hold You?’ invites us to consider moments of past and present beauty, ‘How We Fall’ is perhaps more suggestive of moments of personal, political and collective trauma. Making reference to the physical structure of the Barbican itself, the film uses cement (the main constituent of concrete) as a symbol of construction and destruction.
‘How We Fall (2017)’ uses the same technology as ‘Shall I This Time Hold You?’ – a circular rig of 96 cameras that capture a moment in time in 360 degrees. This time the technology is pushed a step further, using bespoke triggering systems (thanks to New World Designs) that allow sequential image capture – with cameras firing milliseconds apart to give a more dynamic and filmic result. The sound for this work is made by Jo Wills, with Sophie Clements, and is created solely from audio recorded during the shoot.
The final piece was exhibited at the Barbican London during the spring of 2017. It was viewed by hundreds of thousands of visitors.