A remanent of a brewery from the early 1900s, the Plympton Pumphouse building has been a silent witness to an environment continuously in flux at the hands of human intervention. The landscape itself on which it sits has, of course, been in constant tectonic flow for millennia.
Transitions, a new work by artist Nathan John Thompson, makes visible the unseen sonic movements, histories and environments within this location. Manmade electromagnetic pulses, structural vibrations, geological movements, pre-recorded stories, and waterway movements are captured within the Pumphouse, processed and interpreted by a vibrational robotic body. Here sound takes the form of a transient liquid metal, called gallium, which moves with the robotic body in delicate ethereality. Transitions is an invitation to embrace ambiguity and understand paradox. It is a performative study into the impermanence of our being and the legacies of listening across time.