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ROQ Oxford, The Horologian

Mark Wayman will conduct and unusual tour through the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter engaging audiences in a new experience.  Conceived as 'an experiment in the measurement of time', his tour, The Horologian, will draw on the fabric, history and significance of the site to create a unique and site-generated performance. Wayman’s audience will be directed towards a conceptual reinterpretation and mapping of the physical space.  


Tours are free to the public on 23 November at 4.00pm and 6.00pm, with spaces limited to 25 participants for each performance.  To reserve a place and receive more information please email specifying your preferred time. External view only, no public access to the Radcliffe Observatory or Green Templeton College. 


The walking tour occurs in concert with the light installation piece Brighter Later.  Both commissions form part of Tracing Venus, The University of Oxford's Public Art Programme for the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, curated by Modus Operandi Art Consultants. 



Mark Wayman’s performance and live practice is conceived for both the gallery and public realm.  Born in 1964, Wayman trained in Contemporary Theatre Practice as well as Fine Art. Key performance works in the UK and Europe include Transparent Tower at Gediminas Tower in Vilnius, Lithuania (2012); A Series of Observations at the Vitrine Gallery, London (2011); Caryatids at St Pancras Crypt Gallery for ‘The Other Side,’ London (2009); An East London Border at Artprojx, London (2008). Other site-specific performances take the form of architectural tours, including his There Will Be There Was tour (2010), which explored the surreal side of the Barbican Centre, and the recent Round About Box tour (October 2013) as part of the Fort-Da Programme for Siobhan Davis Dance Studios, merging rumours and conspiracy theories about the origin and purpose of the silver box on Elephant & Castle’s roundabout. Wayman is based in London.



Mark Wayman

Title of work

The Horologian


University of Oxford


Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, University of Oxford



Image credit

The Observatory from R. Ackermann, A History of the University of Oxford, 1814. Image courtesy Green Templeton College.