The Time Machine
I began working on a series of projects based on HG Wells' The Time Machine in 2018. The first of those was a full-scale redaction/ erasure project that remade the novel as a visual narrative based on the First World War. This was followed in 2019 by burials and exposures of the book in Wales. In 2021, I created another set of visual poems based on a precursor text of The Time Machine, 'The Chronic Argonauts'. The project is currently developing in terms of writing, visual and sound art based on the River Dee.
The full-scale reworking of The Time Machine, called An Invention, will be published by Trickhouse Press in 2023.
In 2019, as symbolic acts of restitution, I bound and buried a number of versions of The Time Machine and the decommissioned nuclear power station at Trawsfynydd.
The reworking of The Chronic Argonauts, called Argo-0, was published by Steel Incisors Press in 2022. For more details and to buy, see: https://www.steelincisors.com/product/argo-0-by-brian-baker/15?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false
The project has become a multi-media activation of the Dee Valley by using site-specific visual, sound and writing practices. The first, based at the church at Llantysilio, was displayed at the DivFuse Gallery in London in 2022.