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|Tabakalera-Ubik Orokorra / General||Tabakalera||23 LATHAM joh (Browse shelf)||Available||653405|
In 1971 Barbara Steveni, in behalf of the Artist Placement Group, was negotiating an artist placement with the National Coal Board. Although a full placement with the company never took place, proposals by three artists were put forward and Latham subsequently received a research grant of 250 libra to make "Erth".
"Erth" is a visual countdown of the age of the universe, through time and space, to the surface of the Earth. Latham was fascinated by the photographs of the Earth that were being returned from the first space missions. From their great distance, these images described the perspective which Latham felt was necessary to perceive our temporary habitation of the planet in relation to what he called the "whole event", the Universe. Periods of silent black space are punctuated by momentary glimpses of the Earth getting closer. As the Earth comes closer there is a change of pace when an extended section of the earlier film "Encyclopedia Britannica" (1971) flicker past. In the final frames of "Erth" a blurred human figure is seen, possibly at a coalface: a lone representative of what Latham once described as that "brillian streptococcus organism for which no antidote exists".
The German countdown on the voiceover was added shortly after the film was made for an exhibition in Germany.
A journey from outer space to the centre of the world, in which consciousness itself is revealed as a form sedimented history. With distant views of the approaching Earth punctuated by black and silence, light years are compressed into a cosmic imaginary. Made with funding from the National Coal Board.