Can we influence what happens in the world around us?

Are our lives ruled by fate or destiny? Can we change things through wishing, prayer or positive thinking?

If we listen and look out for the signs, will our lives become more fruitful? Or is this Wish Full Thinking?

At the root of this installation is our shared experience of what it is to be human, how we negotiate our lives using codified and often elaborate mechanisms to steer ourselves from one day to the next.

Whatever our age, sex or race, we are all subject to the same fundamental forces, but can these influence the way we move through the peaks and troughs of each year?

These ideas are at the root of my work - how we negotiate our lives using codified and often elaborate mechanisms to steer ourselves from one day to the next.

500,000 white feathers fill the Glasshouse in the Horniman Museum accompanied with a sound piece by Mat Clark. 2014
Photo Credit: Mat Clark

80,000 white feathers are arranged on the empty chancel floor of the Old Saxon Church. Three UV cannons overhead illuminate the piece, making the feathers glow.

Ten hidden audio speakers were placed around the site to create an abstract surround sound experience, sourced from sound recordings of the church’s own single bell, which was then edited and manipulated.

The work could only be viewed from the entrance of the chapel, the feathers barring access to the whole church.

Photo Credit: Mat Clark