LAND. HERE. publication

LAND_HERE cover

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.

There are plans for a physical edition of the publication, but for now it is available for download as an electronic publication.

work–in–progress :

glacier mapping

GPS data collected over three week period.

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.

GPS drawing workshop

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.

Piran Spregovori /

Piran Speaks

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.
April 2009

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.

 

 

ward hill

Vertically tracking video projection with sound.
9 minutes.

shown at Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. January 2009
shown at As We Speak, Glasgow, Scotland. March 2009
featured on Registered in Art, an artists’ video youtube channel. April/May 2010
shown as part of the curated exhibition Bloom at Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, England. May – July 2010.

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.

a simple way to

measure the wind

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.

stromness harbour

Video.
4 minutes.
shown at Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney Islands
November/December 2008

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.