Arranged in Time and Space

Dale, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Arranged in Time and Space. [Artefact]


‘Arranged in Time and Space’ is an artist’s book by Dale (edition of 1) presented in a black wooden box and comprising 49 printed cards, a memory stick, a pair of white gloves and three lengths of wood, each of a different width. Research process: The artist was commissioned – alongside other artists, writers and creatives - to respond to one or more of the ‘50 Jewish Objects’ in The University of Manchester’s collection. The work became an act of translation, seeking to convey both difficulties in understanding the archival items and recognising human experience from across its centuries. Research insights: The work became an impossible quest for a personal language that might be shared, resulting in a work that resembles a puzzle. Across sculpture, photography, creative writing, video and audio, the work’s individual components are linked in their exploration of the human senses, with particular reference to touch. Dissemination: The work was commissioned by the Centre for Jewish Thought, The University of Manchester. It has become part of the John Rylands library collection on 31 March 2021. The creative process was documented and reflected upon via a dedicated blog and the artist created a short online presentation discussing the work and its impetus.

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