01:46 min excerpt (installation view)
The Book of Lies is the name of a journal left by Pike Ward – an English fish merchant proclaimed as ‘The Best Known Man in Iceland’ in the early twentieth century, but largely forgotten soon after.
In 2019, Chris Paul Daniels matched his own 8mm film documentations of Iceland with Pike Ward’s; as two Englishmen a century apart. An unseen narrator interrogates the authority of the images of both as spectators and travellers – rooted in the same landscapes and photo-chemical processes but traversed across time.
This three screen installation was originally exhibited at the National Museum of Iceland and was commissioned by Curated Places Einkofi Productions, it features an original soundtrack by Graham Massey (808 State, Massonix).