The world is advancing: Lines of Defence by Bettina Furneé

Posted by Ian on Nov 4, 2008 in blog | No Comments
Whether or not we are prepared, the world is advancing.
This is the ominous impression left after viewing ‘Lines of Defence’ by Bettina Furneé. The work is a time lapse video of 38 flags positioned on the eroding cliffs south of Martello Tower West, East Lane, Bawdsey, Suffolk, England. The flags spell out the phrase:
SUBMISSION IS ADVANCING AT A FRIGHTFUL SPEED
The phrase invokes the notions of struggle and conflict, reminding us of our inevitable involvement in the course of climate change even if only through submission.
The video is composed of still images taken every 15 minutes from the martello tower from 15 January 2005 to 15 January 2006. The erosion of the cliff faces simultaneously erodes the text, and by 16 September 2005 (only 8 months into the project) the entire text had disappeared and 15 metres of the coastline had eroded. A further 2 metres had eroded by the end of the year of documentation.
‘Lines of Defence’ is an arresting reminder of the rate of change which our world is undergoing and our inevitable involvement in it either as culprit or victim.  
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