The Anti-Kythera Mechanism, The Black Iron Prison & The Simulation Hypothesis.
An ancient Greek astrological calculator discovered in a shipwreck in 1901 continues to reveal its secrets today via a series of technological promotional events. This live essay examines the development of technologies of war and control going back to Hellenistic Greece and the strange device’s uncanny resonances with the paranoid philosophy of Philip K Dick.
The Origin of Certain Dances
Looks at dance and the physical properties of matter through the figures Buckminster Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Pyrrhus of Epirus. Originally written and performed in Athens, where each of these figures performed a specific dance, The Origin of Certain Dances documents the making of monuments to each of these figures, each one revealing something about the nature of time, gravity and entropy.
During an artists’ residency at a port in Germany and a period of intense research into the history of the global supply chain the narrator begins to notice something is amiss. A sense of rising anxiety peaks as they discover that the port itself seems to be trying to communicate with them.
Nathan Gray presents new speculative films and narrative works that collectively occupy a space between performance lecture, essay film, sci-fi novel and personal journal. Over a dream-like palette of personal imagery filmed in Germany, Greece and elsewhere, Gray’s recorded and live narratives spring from historical research into plausible near futures, speculative pasts and simulated alternative realities.
Teasing out and extrapolating upon research into scientific phenomena, global supply chain infrastructure, labour histories, mechanical computing and the theories of historical figures such as Philip K. Dick, Buckminster Fuller and Isadora Duncan these works stretch the thread of history into the distant past and let it recoil into the unseen present and the far flung future.partners