Comprising of two elements – Saturn and Beyond is a film tracing the history of transcontinental communication and broadcasting using slide film, video footage and analogue photography. Pondering the development of how telecommunications and air travel led to the exploration of the solar system, Clarke’s gaze stretches to the furthest reaches of Saturn as well as the exponential growth of Alzheimer’s disease and the rapid growth of dementia (10m each year).
The second aspect are transmission and receiver objects from the Museum which was founded by his father in 1981, running for 15 years before going into storage until Clarke unearthed them in 2017. His father ended up developing dementia to which Clarke says, “For me there was a metaphorical and tragic irony to the fact the founder of a museum of broadcasting and communications would develop a disease which would mean he could no longer communicate.”
RHA until March 26