Oona Grimes, Tony Grisoni and Sophie Lascelle's collaborative reflection on the life of Maurice Egerton.
Jem Finer’s Spiegelei was a treatment of the everyday, with an off-the-shelf shed relocated to Tatton, obscuring the visual path to the Japanese Garden and Golden Brook. But atop the shed sat an enormous, shining ball of stainless steel; inside, the work was a Tardis of sensations – with familiar daylight transformed into a purple haze as steps led to the interior of the dome. Once positioned, the viewer experienced a severe dislocation: Finer had installed three lenses in the sphere, which, acting together, created a 360-degree camera obscura, delivering an inverted vision of the world outdoors, with sky below and rippling water above. Sound, too, was distorted and deranged: small noises were amplified and reverberated around the sphere. Finer states, "Gravity is, on reflection, absurd. It’s easy to take for granted but when one stops to consider it, we’re not standing upright at all, we’re all stuck on at angles to each other. We literally are standing as if glued to the surface of the earth, pointing down towards its centre. In Knutsford one is standing at an angle of 53 degrees to a person standing at the equator." Finer’s inspiration for the work comes, in part, from his experiences growing up in Knutsford and the lure of Tatton as a site for experimentation with mind-altering substances. Source Tatton Park.
Considering Tatton Park as a possible utopian model, Breda Beban’s project, The Endless School, developed with architect Will McLean was, they say, “a proposal for a new landmark school that integrates a wide range of disciplines to explore new value systems for a fresh approach to human comfort and happiness.” Physically realised as an architectural model-cum-sculpture and research, the work existed as a proposal that, “centers on what is essential to our everyday life, our survival, and our progress. Aiming at investing science and technology with poetic intuition and personal expression, the school creates a transition from the old knowledge-based society to the new creative-based society” as well as a physical manifestation, in the form of a “dolls house desk, which is itself a model of the school, a self-similar fragment of a pedagogic proposition. An ellipsoid conic vessel fabricated from plywood and skinned in exotic veneers that is both a desk and a motif for an Ark of ideas.” Source: Tatton Park.