Using the information within the film I then produced a series of drawings and a model to visualize the conjunction or interplay between the differing conditions and embedded rhythm as a three dimensional project. Soon after this, based on a field trip to Poland, and related auto-ethnographic research around personal histories, my focus then developed around a specific site in a principal European seaport, Gdansk on the Baltic Sea.
Informed by ‘Rhythmnanalysis’, as theorised by Henri Lefebvre, I set out to analyse and visually articulate manifestations of this concept in a context of the accelerated pace of everyday life as driven by networked information technology and the symbiotic commodification of data and place.
I began with fieldwork in the streets of the City of London and related exemplar site The London Gateway development near Tilbury Docks, in the Thames Estuary. The port utilizes the largest quay cranes in the world, which can accommodate the largest vessels in the world, automated truck handling and container management (automated stacking cranes) to process cargo.
The more highly systematized and automated this process becomes, the more it physically and conceptually resembles the functions of the stock market and financial systems. This was the focus of my fieldwork over two weeks of observation and photography, as a result I made a time-lapse film of the site recorded over a period of one tidal cycle.