The Opposite of Time

The Opposite of Time is part of The Artangel Collection. It was initially presented at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne in spring of 2018, before being exhibited at the Leeds art Gallery in Leeds.

  • Artist: Andy Holden & Peter Holden
  • Title: The Opposite of Time
  • Date: 2017
  • Medium: Three screen video installation with five channel audio
  • Dimensions: various dimensions
  • Duration: 30 minutes 37 seconds

In a room lined with shelves previously used to store objects of the Cumings’ collection, the three-screen video The Opposite of Time (2017) features an animated crow, voiced by Andy, narrating a social history of nest collecting. As the crow flies across a backdrop of landscape paintings by the likes of Turner and Hockney, he explains how egg collecting has transformed within Britain, from an aristocratic pursuit and encouraged hobby, into an illegal activity. – Nisha Desai, Culturised, 1 October 2017.

Narrated by a talking crow who flies across a series of well-known landscape paintings by the likes of Turner, Constable and Hockney,  the video installation 'The Opposite of Time' recounts the history of egg collecting in Britain, which evolved from aristocratic pursuit to widespread hobby until it was made illegal in 1954. The crow reveals the extraordinary lengths to which collectors went to pursue their passion and conceal the spoils after the ban was imposed.

Image: Andy Holden, The Opposite of Time, 2017, (detail) at the Former Newington Library, 2017. Photograph: Marcus Leith

at Towner Art Gallery

Eastbourne, 03 February - 20 May 2018

The Opposite of Time was presented at Towner Art Gallery the first venue on the UK wide tour of Andy Holden and Peter Holden’s collaborative installation, Natural Selection. The gallery is home to one of the most significant British landscape painting collections in the UK, many of which feature in the film.

Previous Presentations

Since the launch of The Artangel Collection, The Opposite of Time has been installed at