Liquid Reflections Revisited


with Richard Wilding

A composite set of four TFT LCD screens

John Dunbar had taken super 8 footage of Liquid Reflections, when they were exhibited in his gallery, Indica, in 1967. In 2004, when Lijn met him at the opening of Art and the Sixties: This was Tomorrow at Tate Britain, in which Liquid Reflections featured, he suggested that they try to make silkscreen prints from the film.

In order to do this, Lijn initially asked Richard Wilding if he would help obtain high resolution scans from the original film. This proved unsatisfactory and it seemed much more sensible to revert back to the original work and photograph it in motion, continually over a period of time, resulting in numerous digital stills. It then seemed more interesting to use these to create a mosaic of slowly changing images.

Lijn imagined a wall of closely positioned screens each showing a different set of images changing at slightly different speeds so that the same combination would be unlikely to occur twice. In this way, she could achieve a composite image not about movement as such but about continual transformation. Both digital stills and animation were the work of Richard Wilding.