Timepieces is a collection of new writing by six artists and writers who were invited by Art on the Underground to make works in response to the Jubilee line. Each participant was then studying on the MFA Art Writing postgraduate programme at Goldsmiths, University of London, which debates and enacts the diverse intersections between contemporary writing and art.
This project is the outcome of a series of discussions between Maria Fusco, Director of MFA Art Writing, and Art on the Underground about how contemporary art writing might be explored in the context of London Underground.
Each contributor set about looking for new ways of seeing and exploring their daily travels. Architectural details, station announcements, public signage and the reading materials of fellow passengers were just some of the starting points for these individual investigations. The result is Timepieces, a collection of new writing and drawings brought together in a booklet and circulated to customers on the Jubilee line, so that they can be read underground in the very places where they were first imagined.
Timepieces is one of a series of projects commissioned by Art on the Underground for the Jubilee line, exploring time and its value.
Julia Calver looked over passengers’ shoulders and read lines from their books. She imagined the objects from these passages speeding along the Jubilee line as though it were a wormhole for time travel through outer space.
Patrick Coyle scrambled familiar London Underground announcements and instructions, spelling out improbable stories and making surprising associations.
Cressida Kocienski traced the route of the Jubilee line above ground on foot, photographing the objects she found along the way, which she has described as imaginary instruments for measuring time.
Claire Nichols focused on architectural details and signs at London Bridge Underground station. Her drawings transfer these shapes in space into shapes on paper.
Tamarin Norwood watched passengers passing time on their journeys and rewrote their actions as suggestions for other commuters.
Gemma Sharpe made a number of night-time journeys from London Bridge station after the last Tube. Her text takes the form of a correspondence in which she meditates on the images, thoughts, movements and sounds evoked through such journeys.