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2019 - 2020 Further information on artworks

2019 Wellspring
Video installation commissioned by The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant
September 9th to December 28th December 2019

2019 Luminary
Large scale sound, light and projection event
Commissioned by Peabody in partnership with Crossness Engines Trust, July 2019

2019 Aerial
4K Video projection
Duration 00:11:27
Commissioned by Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter for the Birds Withouth Borders exhibition. On show 20 July until 3 November 2019

 

2019 Wellspring
Commissioned by The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant
September 9th to December 28th December 2019


 

"Wellspring - the place something comes from or starts at; a source of continual supply"

Wellspring is a new video installation specially commissioned by The Spring for the mezzanine space, inspired by the processes and phenomena of Havant's springs. Havant is peppered with natural springs, supplied by water that has been filtering through the chalk karst landscapes of the South Downs for thousands of years.

The springs drew early settlers to the area and industries such as brewing, milling, tanning, parchment and glove making flourished because of this abundant natural water source. The hidden nature of the springs belies the important role they have played in Havant's past and their significance still today.

Wellspring takes an extraordinary look at the interactions of chalk and water as they move through space using high speed film to create extreme slow motion. Filmed in a studio at 2000 frames a second, the fast moving process of water pouring over chalk and leather, and falling fragments of chalk is slowed right down. Each interaction becomes apparent and when seen together creates a constantly evolving landscape. Extreme slow motion gives a sense of monumentality to small events that might otherwise go unnoticed and reveal an otherworldly environment in everyday processes.

Sound recordings taken from the springs, rivers and landscapes of this area have been layered with other recordings to form a soundscape for this slowly evolving environment. Mirrors have been used to extend the sense of an infinite terrain and to create an immersive space for the viewer to rest and observe. The duration of the video showing in the mezzanine space is 35 minutes and is looped to run continuously.

The 22 minute long video playing on the monitor nearby draws a connection between the chalk white leather landscapes seen in the mezzanine space and the spring water, which was an essential part of the leather glove making process. The cyclic nature of the water flowing through the leather gloved hands, like sand flowing through an hourglass, marks the passing of time and can never be caught.


 

 

2019 Luminary
Large scale sound, light and projection event
Commissioned by Peabody in partnership with Crossness Engines Trust


 

Luminary is a unique and spectacular multi-media art installation, commissioned for Crossness Pumping Station, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette; the great engineer who built London's sewers. Luminary combines 3D laser scanning technology, video projection, sound and lighting effects to create an ethereal and immersive exploration of this iconic heritage building.

Crossness Pumping Station. Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ
On show from 12 - 14 July 2019

 

 

 

2019 Aerial
4K Video
Duration 00:11:27
Commissioned by Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter for the Birds Withouth Borders exhibition. On show 20 July until 3 November 2019

 

The birds in this taxidermy collection stand as figureheads of their species, frozen in a perpetual state of animation; separate from their flock. Yet in their former life these birds would have journeyed thousands of miles over land and sea, guided by celestial cues from the sun and stars, the earth's magnetic field and mental maps, negotiating man made borders and development.

Our starting point was to use the idea of a journey as a means to explore this collection of 14 migratory birds. Point cloud data obtained from a CT scan of a feather and 3D laser scans of each of the birds has been used to render their forms into vaporous bodies of light. The fluidity of working with this medium has enabled us to animate a series of flight paths through the collection, to explore each form from different viewpoints and create new juxtapositions between the species and different landscapes.

Aerial really developed out of the editing process. The slow action of exploring the point clouds and generating the renders from the scans revealed unexpected qualities unique to this particular collection of birds. There seems to be dynamism to their forms, captured in freeze frame by skilful taxidermy, but transformed again into luminous bodies which appear to dance around each other in combinations that can only exist within this diorama.

The soundtrack developed specifically for the film, and showing on the monitor in the "In Fine Feather" gallery, weaves recordings of wind together with orchestral elements specially composed and mixed to express the balletic moves and potential dramas playing out between the different birds. In this virtual world these lifeless birds are able to soar beyond the borders imposed by their apparent stillness."

Landscapes created using open source data provided by Norwegian Mapping Authority. ©Kartverket, www.kartverket.no.

Birds range from the sora rail, a rare American visitor to the British Isles, to now extinct North American passenger pigeons; from the red-listed cuckoo, a brood parasite and harbinger of spring with its well-known and distinctive call, to the bird with the longest migration: the arctic tern.