Fire Sprinkler (australian standard campfire), 2016 – 2017

‘Fire Sprinkler (australian standard campfire’ (2016-2017) is a documented site-specific interaction between a campfire and a fire sprinkler system. The work explores the entropic natures of water and fire within technologically altered spaces.

The work was performed on a mid-section of the Coxs River in the Blue Mountains, a tributary to Warragamba reservoir. Water from the river was pumped through a heat-triggered industrial water sprinkler system onto a campfire, drenching the fire to the point of near extinguishment, suggesting a play on the technologically enhanced means of control for both the built environment and the natural environment.

Originally created for my February 2016 exhibition ‘Site-Specifics’ at Interlude Gallery in Glebe, Fire Sprinkler (australian standard campfire) was also included in the September 2016 ‘Future Stratigraphy’ exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), and the September 2017 SCA postgraduate examination. Curator Kath Fries stated that ‘Williams’ work may suggest feeble human attempts to respond to climate change in our uncoordinated efforts to individually put out each spot fire.. However, campfires invite contemplation, perhaps to reflect on the absurdity of first fuelling climate change then trying to control it.’

 

68 Degrees Celsius,  installed at Sydney College of the Arts, Bryden Williams, 2016. used sprinkler head, 45 x 45 x 50mm

68 Degrees Celsius, installed at Sydney College of the Arts, Bryden Williams, 2016. used sprinkler head, 45 x 45 x 50mm

Fire Sprinkler (australian standard campfire) installed at Sydney College of the Arts, Bryden Williams, 2016. HD video (02:58), galvanised fire piping, fittings, sprinkler head, dimensions variable.

Fire Sprinkler (australian standard campfire) installed at Sydney College of the Arts, Bryden Williams, 2016. HD video (02:58), galvanised fire piping, fittings, sprinkler head, dimensions variable.