Hantverk & Found are delighted to present Eye of the Needle by Tim Meacham. The show is part of the offsite programme for Turner Contemporary’s major exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, which explores the significance of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land through the visual arts.
Tim Meacham’s Eye of the Needle explores TS Eliot's relationship with the mechanical sound recording of the gramophone, making particular reference to its role in The Waste Land in providing the machine mediated sound track of modernity. The viewer accompanies the needle on its journey across the landscape of a gramophone record. The role of the needle is considered in first embedding sound, through creating the grooves of the record, and then as a “rider” travelling across the surface of the disc as it plays. 78-rpm records, made of shellac and slate dust, give something of themselves (dust) in order to release their sound, thus changing the landscape with each play. Made with kind support from the University of Kent.
Tim Meacham is an artist who works across media to explore space within the triangulated world of experience between seeing, hearing and touching. He is a Lecturer in fine art and post-graduate researcher at the University of Kent where he is currently undertaking a practice based PhD.