Delineations 1977. Two 100 foot sound and audio tape loops. Duration around 25 minutes. For Ayton Basement, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Delineations involved the use of two tape loops, one audio the other video, stretched around the circumference of two identical and adjacent rooms. On the audio tape I made a recording of my journey around the space at the tape speed of 7 1/2 inches per second, pointing out items of interest and indicating my position in the room. On the videotape I recorded a similar journey around the other space at the tape speed of 15 inches per second.

Both loops were played back on respectively two vtrs and two tape players. The soundtrack would often contradict : “I am in the north-west corner of the room” – “I am in the south-east cornet of the room” and so on. Eventually the loops destroyed themselves…….end of performance


Ayton Basement was an artist run space in Newcastle. More information here