Cosmic Joke

Single screen HD Video, stereo sound, 19:40 mins, 2015

The work is formed from the texts of jokes that refer to ways of understanding and modelling immaterial or abstract forces, drawn from scientific, religious, philosophical, psychological or political systems. The sections of the jokes are articulated and animated by a 3D modelling animation programme.

The soundtrack is based on the section of the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss used by Stanley Kubrick in the famous extended space station docking section of 2001 Space Odyssey. This is mixed with sounds derived from the NASA recordings of the electromagnetic activity of the rings of Saturn.