Akeroyd Collection


Yuri Pattison, sunset (provisioning), 2019

sunset (provisioning) is a video work that sees the artist render a seascape in real time via a game engine. Data is fed from an environmental air quality monitor to the engine, which generates the image graphically. The greater the volume of carbon dioxide and other pollutants that are detected by this technology, the more vibrant and spectacular the rendering becomes. Versions of this work have, in the past, included all components (the monitor, screen and other aspects of the technology necessary to produce the image) in one space as a sculptural intervention. In this version, the monitor was located within the artist’s home/studio and the screen displays the outcome of the artist's data collection. The term ‘Sunset provision’ comes from a legal concept that Pattison has been attracted to and deployed through various previous works. According to Pattison; ‘it’s a framework that bakes in the scenario of an ending. It was an obscure piece of law that saw software and services being built on temporary ground. Now they have become increasingly important and prevalent in the fabric of the day-to-day as billions of people encounter and use these services.'

There are myriad poetic analogies that can be immediately drawn from the experience of viewing sunset (provisioning). At a moment in history, where sustainable or ethical living is rendered increasingly difficult, due to our entrapment in the inescapable mechanisms and systems of capital, the work and its mechanisms offer a hopeful horizon of accountability made visible. It also becomes a mirror of the natural world, where our real, encountered sunsets are made ever more spectacular as sunlight is refracted in pollution and man-made particles in the air. The uRad monitoring technology used in this work was invented and first used to detect harmful pollutants in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster and has subsequently been used as a solution to other environmental cover-ups. In this work, we can see the potential for a poetics that might overcome our distraction to the novelty of beautiful sunsets. Sunsets that are only so spectacular due to our current activities which are now harmful to the point of being lethal.

MediumLive rendering software (OpenGL), modified Dell PowerEdge R620 server, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, 4K monitor, uRad A3 atmospheric monitoring device, cables, Dexion slotted angle, cable ties, 172 × 73.5 × 50.5 cm
Durationloop, Sculpture: 172 x 73.5 x 50.5 cm
Editionof 3 + 2 APs