Stone Paper Cloud
Multi-media installation; map for self-guided walk
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (View from central courtyard), Downing St CB2 3ER and
CU Computer Laboratory (Main entrance), William Gates Building, 15 JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge CB3 0FD
The work is spread across two locations with the walk between them forming a key part of the piece. The 2 elements at either end of the walk can be viewed on the following dates:
17 – 20 October and 24-27 October
10:00 – 17:00 Computer Laboratory; sunset – 9pm MacDonald Institute
Postcards with a map of the walk can be collected from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology or the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory, or accessed via http://stonepapercloud.tumblr.com
An organised walk will take place on Saturday 29th October, leaving the Museum at 5pm. To book a place go to http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/stone-paper-cloud-walk
The single word ‘tablet’ was the starting point for a search that led quickly into unsettling and completely unexpected terrain. The Aleppo National Museum was the location given for a bronze-age tablet ‘discovered’ through the portal of its digital namesake, but a virtual search for the museum revealed images of an almost deserted, shell damaged building. Inside were empty display cabinets and clothes drying on a washing line, and in the courtyard large statues are partially concealed by sandbags. The computer screen simultaneously brings the image to attention whilst keeping it at a safe distance. The object on the screen (tablet on tablet) is forced into the present, and dislocated from its journey over time, from remnant of an advanced civilization to unlocated hostage of conflict.
With help from archaeologist Dr Augusta McMahon and computer scientist Professor Ann Copestake, Sally Stenton embarked on a search for the digital and physical location of the tablet. The work has evolved from these parallel conversations and the impossibility of complete discovery.
Winner of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas Award.
Sally Stenton graduated from Cambridge School of Art and is based in St. Ives. Her site specific, participatory and subtle interventions often involve futile attempts to reconcile digital and material space.