One Hour 2011
Chubb, S. (2017) One Hour: Visual Practice Exploring a Collective History. In: Mieves, C. & Brown, I.(eds.) Wonder In Contemporary Artistic Practice. London: Routledge, pp 36-54.
In relation to this exhibition Shirley Chubb is giving a presentation at the Working Wonder Conference - University of Newcastle 14th June 2013.
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant
'All photographs are momento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person's (or thing's) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to times relentless melt.1 (Sontag, 2002, p.15)
One Hour presents 3,600 portraits extracted from digitally archived photographs held by Hampshire Museums Service. The photographs were taken of communities and individuals living in and around Havant, Winchester and Basingstoke between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspired by the steady rhythm and time keeping of St. Faiths's clock housed within The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, each image denotes a second in time, accumulating here as one hour of experience constructed through the multiple identities that formed these local communities. The accompanying film presents the images a second at a time, animating the static imagery seen on the walls and acting as a visual clock.