From material gathered at Barrington Court in Ilminster, Somerset, I hope to edit sections of film taken of the long gallery to make a piece which mediates between space and non-space, perhaps as a reflection on contemporary non-places.1

The tracking clips shoot along the length of the corridor, at right angles to the alcoves, windows and small central room (known affectionately as Room 101). Interruptions of light between dark oak panelling ‘puncture’ the darkness, or conversely the dark sections ‘puncture’ the light.

There is a parallel here with the earlier window clip (see Current Works) where geometric, grid-like interruptions are made by lead beading and stone mullions. An interesting dialogue is set up between light and dark, between conceptual space and void and I may think about this as a way of analysing the difference between Western analogies of light and enlightenment and Eastern traditions associated with the space of nothing and notions of the void and emptiness.

Where Western philosophies have conceptualised, Eastern thought endeavours to find enlightenment through the relinquishing of conceptual frameworks - both seemingly creating a space of letting go, allowing the essence of otherness to enter.


‘The roots of the chestnut tree sank into the ground beneath my bench. I could not remember it was a root anymore. Words had vanished, and with them the meanings of things, the way things are to be used, the feeble points of reference, which men have traced on their surface. The root, the park gates, the bench, the sparse bits of grass, all that had vanished: the diversity of things, their individuality, were only an appearance, a varnish. This varnish had melted, leaving soft, monstrous lumps, in naked disorder, with a frightful and obscene nakedness’.2

Jean Paul Sartre in Nausea
(Sartre 1965: 170-172)

Corridor Track 1

Corridor Track 2

Corridor Track 3

1 Marelic, E (2005) Non-places Of Travel In Visual Art. Selected essays on contemporary art submitted by visitors [Online] Available from Saatchi Gallery Online at http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/contemporary-art/non-places.htm
2 Sartre, JP (1965) Nausea, trans Baldick, R, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books