Act Natural
by Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth

blue fluorescent tubes in a sunbed


  • 12 minute extract from Mineral Water
  • 2Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth discuss Act Natural

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  • 3Video documentation of Act Natural installed at Picture This, 2009


  • 1Video still from Table
  • 2Video still from Sugar Paper
  • 3Video still from Museum Light
  • 4Act Natural installed at Picture This, 2009

Video still from Sunbed


Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth's multi-screen video installation uses light as a medium and as a subject and documents simple modifications made by the artists to their environment.

Act Natural consists of six video pieces - Sunbed, Museum Light, Table, Sunpaper, Mineral Water, Sugar Paper - each video explores subtle physical and temporal shifts and how the camera responds to these changes,

Though part filmed at the Museum of Bath at Work, and first installed amongst a plethora of memorabilia from the last 200 years of working Bath, Act Natural did not set out to directly engage the permanent collection; rather it considered how changing light and time frames the routine of a day, week, month or year.

Act Natural was produced by Picture This and is a joint commission between Contemporary Art Programming, Picture This and South West Screen as part of Recorded Live a programme of new performance to camera moving image works. Recorded Live was supported by Arts Council England Lottery Funding.






Year 2008
Duration various
Medium Six screen video installation
Original format DV
Screening format Mpeg2 DVD
Aspect ratio 4:3
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 6


Produced by Picture This as a joint commission between Contemporary Art Programming, Picture This and South West Screen. Supported by Arts Council England Lottery Funding.

Screening history:

16 - 22 November 2009
Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

18 June - 28 June 2009
Table, Sunpaper, Sunbed and Mineral Water
Tramway, Glasgow, UK

14 March - 18 April 2009
'Recorded Live'
Picture This Atelier

20 - 30 November 2008
'Matter Of Time'
James Taylor Gallery, London, UK
Act Natural (selected works)

08 - 23 November 2008
Bath Film Festival, UK

Related Items:

Recorded Live
2007 - 2009

The three works in Recorded Live have been informed by the history of performance to camera and all question what constitutes a performance.

Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth

Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth’s collaborative work explores the dichotomy between the artificial and the natural in various ways.

Awfully Good (Act Natural)

Light and the nature of the works in Act Natural are explored by Neil Mullholland.