Tim O'Riley




University of the Arts London, United Kingdom


Tim O’Riley was born in Britain in 1965. He lives in London where he works both as an artist and a research fellow at Chelsea College of Art and Design. O’Riley studied at Leicester and Chelsea and was awarded an AHRC fellowship at the latter in 2004. He is variously interested in science, the limits of knowledge, curiosity and dialogue as spurs for thinking and generating artworks; a key project has been a commission to make artworks in response to research at CERN, The European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva. O’Riley has published work in various journals and books and has exhibited work at venues including Houldsworth, London; Rubicon Gallery, Dublin; Galerie Olivier Houg, Lyon; Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York; PS1, New York; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; The Science Museum, London; Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. In 2011, he released a bookwork, Accidental Journey, based on some of his interests in astronomy and space and in particular on a memento from the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in July 1969: a small Irish flag that accompanied the astronauts on their historic journey.


Accidental Journey


This paper describes a project that is built around an animation and a book. The animation is a two-hour loop of an orbit around the moon and contains no overt narrative. The book is steeped in the research about the moon that informed the animation and adopts (seemingly) scholarly tropes in combination with methods more associated with art practice, the idea being to posit and reflect on ideas of serendipity and speculation. In a sense, the relationships between research and practice, or between looking, thinking and making, are essentially reciprocal and elliptical, formed as much through digression as through certitude or design. I assert that one work ' and 'work' is understood in the broadest sense (artwork, text, image etc) ' engenders another and is simultaneously re-formed by it. The work may take different forms but the reciprocity between them strikes me as intrinsic to creative practices in whatever spheres those may happen.


Tuesday 27 September


3:30pm - 5.00pm






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