The Sentinels
Silent looped video (SD, 4:3).
A video piece which emerged from research I carried out while on residency at Brown University in early 2011. I discovered an article in the November 1969 edition of Progressive Architecture, which presents the results of some research into space-station design. The project was a collaboration between the astronautical engineers at Grumman Aerospace and architects Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde, who were designing Brown University's Sciences Library (SciLi) around the same time.

The title refers to The Sentinel, a short story written by Arthur C.Clarke, which eventually became the basis for Kubrick's
2001: A Space Oddessy.

Many thanks are due to Raymond Butti and Jennifer Betts at the Brown University Archive for their assistance with this piece.

Commissioned by The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage , Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Produced while in residence at the Perry and Marty Granoff Centre for the Arts, Brown University. The residency was supported by Culture Ireland as part of Imagine Ireland, a Year of Irish Arts in America 2011.

Curated by Ian Russell.
Two images just above by Warren Jagger.
Courtesy The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University.

The top image is a screen-grab from the work.