This publication collects a number of works from my Wild Creations residency in Fox Glacier, including student works from the GPS drawing workshop that I offered. Though documenting mostly video works, they are adapted to the book format to give a sense of their intended presentation. The publication is introduced by Joe Gerlach, a lecturer in geography at the University of Oxford.
This is an early sketch of some of the material gathered during my recent residency period in Fox Glacier, New Zealand. During the residency I undertook a dozen or so walks on the glacier, recording each route with a GPS device. With this work, my interests are in the experience of moving and navigating on the ice.
Resolving this piece of work will require an examination of the relationship between the line, movement and material experience, which I hope to achieve through a process of making physical and spatialising the collected GPS data.
At the conclusion of my residency in Fox Glacier township I gave a presentation to the local community. As well as work in progress, I showed past works and works by other contemporary artists, such as Jeremy Wood to contextualise my project. Approximately 50 people attended, which considering the town’s population of 350, was extremely pleasing.
As Wild Creations artist in residence I offered to run a drawing workshop for pupils of Fox Glacier Primary School. Over three sessions I introduced the idea of drawing on the land, beginning with historical precedents such as the white horse chalk drawings in England and the Nazca drawings in Peru and moving on to work by Richard Long and Hamish Fulton. After a session on using Global Positioning System devices to record their movements, the students then created their own digital drawings by walking carefully designed routes; walking as a creative act, rather than a means of travelling.
Student participants were : Ollie Clarke, Jacob Sullivan, Liam Sullivan, Lucas Bron, Rhys Hopkins, Charlie Jewell, Matthew Morgan, Bayley Sullivan, Peter Williams, Taryn Hopkins, Rhiannon Barber and Naomi Halford.
Thanks to school staff Lesley Gillgren, Rebecca Griffiths and Linda Holmes.
Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Department of Conservation have awarded me one of the 2010 Wild Creations artist residencies. I will be in Fox Glacier township, in the South Westland area of New Zealand, in November and December 2010 to work on a series of alternative mappings of the Fox Glacier.
Polaroid images in hand-bound artists’ book, edition of one.
30 pages plus fold out map and key, 90 x 110mm
Exhibited at Piran Town Hall, Piran, Slovenia.
Now held in the collection of Mesta knjiznica Piran – Public Library of Piran.
This book was produced in collaboration with Sally Janssen during a residency in Piran, Slovenia. We set out to explore how the spaces of the town communicated their functions. Through the performative aspect of producing the book we sought to inject fresh energy into the town.
With the help of Sonja Kocevar we organised a series of staged photographs where local residents enacted scenes emphasising the purpose of the various town’s spaces in a comical manner. The book was intended as an alternative guidebook to the city, inviting readers to engage with the town as a participant, not as an onlooker.
Made with footage of the ground taken while climbing Ward Hill in the Orkney Islands, this video slowly tracks up the wall of the space in which it is shown. It forms a vertical section of the landscape, capturing the diversity of flora in response to altitude and the sensitivity of plant life to these conditions.
The accompanying sound is a recording of my heartbeat matched to my pulse rate while climbing, which reinforces the physicality of the work.
Harmonica, wind, field recording.
3 minutes 53s
shown at Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney Islands. November/December 2008
And at La Ira Sónica, a sonic/new media arts festival in Coyoacán, Mexico City. July 2010
This recording responds to the extremely windy environment of the Orkney Islands. Taking a cheap harmonica into this setting provided a way to understand wind direction and intensity aurally. Strong gusts produce overtones and harmonics creating an interplay with the already occurring wind sounds.
shown at Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney Islands
This piece of observational video records the various pulsing lights in Stromness harbour at night. The various beacons and lighthouse form a visual rhythm and provide a way to measure the space within the frame. The video has a subtlety of movement, with passing clouds visible in the moonlight.