The Earth Turned to Bring Us Closer 2006

This is the third collaboration between musician and composer Craig Armstrong and Dalziel + Scullion. A three screen video installation shows over 240 video portraits shot in the city of Glasgow and is accompanied by Craig Armstrong’s composition Memory Takes My Hand. For the museum exhibitions Berlin musician AGF remixed the music.

The work looks at the shortness of human life set against the backdrop of the earth spinning in its orbit. D+S converted a telescope motor and engineered this and a large format camera tripod to connect to a high definition video camera.

Portraits were filmed in offices, shops, streets, bars, hair salons, nursing homes, swimming pools, parks and factories throughout the city creating a unique portrait of the city and it’s inhabitants.

Commissioned by Glasgow Museums on behalf of Glasgow City Council to commemorate the reopening of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in 2006 after four years of refurbishment.

Duration / (for single screen) 41 minutes and 45 seconds, with music by Craig Armstrong