Apparatus for Transtemporal Relocations of Impending Space

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Client: Stonington council

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $70,000

Project Team

artist designer fabricator

russell anderson

ArtplusDesign

Cultural Development/Visual Arts Officer

Amy Barclay

Stonington council

Overview

Apparatus for Transtemporal Relocations of Impending Space is an interactive
artwork situated at a busy city train station.

Recent cataloguing of the switch house and signal box in preparation for upcoming works uncovered some items of significant interest in the signal box’s underfloor area – a curious apparatus with its own signal frame and levers and an accompanying manual that describes the “Apparatus for Transtemporal Relocations of Impending Space” as an inter-dimensional switching apparatus allowing the user to shift between dimensions via a range of transport types including zeppelin, submarine, train, tram and automobile. The machine works by folding time and space, transporting the user to one of several ‘tuned’ convergence points. It appears that the apparatus was never put to official use as there was no way for travelers to return once they ported into another dimension

Goals

VicRail requested that the old
signal levers be incorporated. These were altered to become switches to allow
for user interactivity with the internal automata and to change the parameters of
the sensor driven ground lights adjacent to the artwork.

Process

VicRail requested that the old signal levers that were removed from site be incorporated into new public artwork this commission was with Stonington Council And Vic-Rail