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Ron Haselden
Trilogy Part 2 and Trilogy Part 3 are the as yet unrealised follow-ons to Trilogy Part 1, the Trellick Tower performance.

Part 2 would be in a lift shaft, and would probably be a year-long installation Part 3 would be in a building opposite the Trellick Tower, and would change colour when trains went by. It would be permanent, if possible. Things are only permanent if people love it. Thats the nature of my work: it survives by peoples will. Travel Book consists of images of light sculptures by Haselden alongside text by Jean-Marc Huitorel The eight sculptures are in five English towns and cities: Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesborough, Durham, Blackpool and London. The book will not review the art but review the experience of the places

Also current is Visitors Book at the New Millennium Centre, Durham. A set of electronic surfaces in boxes on the wall on which people are asked to sign their names. On the display boxes the archive builds up and each signature dissolves into the next. Haselden likes this piece: its small and intimate. He worked with Neil Urquhart and Reading Universitys Department of Cybernetics to realise it.

Visitors Book reflects current concerns: he is now working more and more on digital media, and in recent years Haselden has returned to the moving image and made numerous short video films. Brighton Beach is a short film mixing a Russian pop song sound track with the atmosphere of an English sea front in winter fog. Snow shows buildings in New York in snow; its a film about the relation of distance and light, and thus not just light but density or lightness of atmosphere. Earth is Haseldens homage to Walter de Marias New York Earth Room, a film of earth which then slowly reveals the site of de Marias piece. Additionally, Haselden has also made films featuring nature pure, including films of flowers and Haseldens short films are soon to be broadcast on Television in France.

As Hugh Stoddart has written, permanence holds no great appeal for him. Haselden: 'In much of the work I do not envisage the piece ever reaching a final form, what is crucial is the process of experimenting and extending ideas into whatever area they have to do.' He has in one sense always been a connoisseur of the elemental, the raw: light, sound, water; and where solid materials are used, these include scaffolding, trees, buildings. But the forces which move through these things are what interest him, and it is for this reason that his working methods have always been continually changing and why any work he embarks on is itself subject to continual flux.

David Lillington
Visitors Book, The New Millenium Centre, Durham, by Ron Haselden
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