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Uploaded on Mar 23, 2009
Borrowed Time is an attempt to recreate a recurrent childhood dream. In part a tribute to the Lumière Brothers, the work is a feat of artistic engineering, first made for Cotterrell's MA degree show. The work exists in a darkened room and begins with the release of a plume of CO2, soon followed by a blue-tinged image appearing on the 'smoke' and accompanied by the sound of metallic scraping. A steam train emerges from a tunnel - a train of supernatural proportions, projected on to gas and thundering towards its audience with increasing speed. But just as the viewer is made aware of what is being viewed, the image is snatched away, with its audience straining to hear it chugging past this all too mortal coil into the great hereafter.
Borrowed Time is a sobering work: evoking feelings of anticipation and loss, the piece leaves in its wake a meditation on the relative brevity of even the longest of lives.