Double Double Pendulum
July 12th - July 19th
Gallery 295 presents Scott Billings’ Double Double Pendulum curated by Wil Aballe.
When a pendulum is doubled its motion becomes chaotic. Scott Billings’ laser-pointer photogram studies depict the behavior of a double pendulum system but belie its chaotic nature by simulating its motion and making it repeatable. Attached to a hacked pen-plotter, the laser pointer inscribes a false index of a supposed unique event, twice. Simulated using the gravity of the moon as a means to slow down the photographic exposure, the resulting paths of motion evoke a kind of signature of the otherworldly: light and gravity playing out on a distant alien stage.
Next to the photograms sitting on the floor, a feature-length reel of IMAX film with its center extended upward spans the vertical height of the gallery. Suggestive of the model of a black hole, the heavy bulk of film has been stretched into a 22 foot asymptotic form becoming a literal vector of gravity, both fixed to the earth’s surface and rapidly escaping its pull. It can be said that the nature of causality is embedded in the materiality of film: cause and effect stitched together in successive frames along a single trajectory. Billings’ sculpture acts as a notation of causality, one that points toward that slippery threshold between nothing happening and something happening—the spurious moment of change and the point of no return.
Scott Billings is a visual artist and designer based in Vancouver. His art practice centers on issues of animality, mobility, and cinematic spectatorship. Through sculpture and video installation, Billings’ work examines how the apparatus itself can reveal both the mechanisms of causality and its own dormant animality. Billings’ has exhibited nationally and internationally including New York, Seattle, Toronto, Winnipeg, Prague, and China. He holds an MFA from UBC, a BFA from Emily Carr University, and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Special thanks to Glenn Newland of IMAX and Andrew Oran of FotoKem for the donation of the IMAX film material.