The Lostness Cycles is a series of interactive, kinetic photographic works investigating crossovers between digital and analogue, still and moving image, spatio-temporal navigation, and perception.
Park MKII and Park Meta are contemporary mutoscopes. Vélo Café is based on the Victorian zoetrope. Every Building on the Sunniside B6299 is a riff on Ed Ruscha’s 1966 book ‘Every Building on the Sunset Strip’.
The Park series stems from SUPERDREAM, a commission which connected two comparable urban parks in Gateshead, UK, and Johannesburg, SA. Researching her piece for the Gateshead phase of SUPERDREAM, Lucy Carolan used Google’s Street View to ‘visit’ the Johannesburg park and found that it was fully accessible in this virtual fashion – whereas the Gateshead park is not because it’s open to pedestrians and cyclists only. From this discovery, The Lostness Cycles have developed as analogue interpretations of Street View and interests in Victorian image viewing mechanisms, as part of Lucy Carolan and Richard Glynn’s concerns with the sculptural and material possibilities of the photograph as object.
Elements of The Lostness Cycles have individually been exhibited at Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, FORMAT International Photography Festival, and Constantine Gallery at Teesside University. 1-30 October 2016, The Lostness Club (with the support of Wideyed) took part in the Collectives Hub group show at Brighton Photo Fringe, and there exhibited The Lostness Cycles pieces together for the first time.
A second outing for The Lostness Cycles – with a new murascope drum commissioned by North East Photography Network – took place at the NEPN / Breeze Creatives co-produced Joseph Swan and Photography in Sunderland event on 1st February 2017.