Relay alternately attempts to expand the reading act over a span of length and time, like a dance marathon. Thirty metres of text on paper is stretched and suspended across the centre of a room. Clearly hand-printed and running the span of the paper, the piece employs word slippage and phonetics to create a relay of words. The piece evokes both the meticulous, prolonged actions involved in hand-printing this scroll, and the extended actions of the viewer reading the words. Through the undulating structure, the reader is forced to pause at the more complex transitions and at the shifting direction of the scroll. Their reading actions become fugue-like, stepping along with the words and experiencing them at a different tempo as they move across the space.

Relay
Relay

Hand-printed bronze on Asarakusui paper, 38 cm x 10 metres, 2015

Relay back view
Relay back view
Relay detail
Relay detail
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