sitting still drawing #1

Paired GPS drawing and 15 minute looping video.

These paired images offer complementary ways of thinking about stillness in the context of Fox Glacier and any attempt to represent it through mapping. One is an image of my GPS location taken over a 15 minute interval while sitting still, with the GPS device subject to “drift” due to the geometry and material nature of the glacier. The other image is a still from a 15 minute video, recorded at the same times as the GPS drawing. The video records the subtle changes to the glacier in real time; melting, cracking and changing light conditions.

fox glacier valley

Vertically tracking video projection
7 minutes 44s

Constructed from video footage recorded while walking in Fox Glacier valley, this video slowly tracks up the space in which it is shown. It forms a vertical section of the landscape, from the Fox River, up the valley and finally on to Fox Glacier itself. The work attempts to create a spatial document of this environment without resorting to cartographic encoding, seeking a balance between abstraction and the experiential act of walking through the landscape.

bloom : bury art gallery

Ward Hill has been selected by curator Tony Trehy for Bloom at Bury Art Gallery in Manchester. Featuring works from oil on panel to neon, from video to bonsai, artists will investigate what it means to apply order over nature. The show opens on May 1st and runs until July 17 and includes works by Lawrence Weiner, Shaun Pickard (pictured above), Ian Hamilton Findlay and Tamás Waliczky.

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.

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.

analog part two

Mixed media/digital video.
13s
first published in The Pander, August 2000
shown in Viewfinder, Auckland Public Library/New Zealand Film Archive.
April – May 2006
now in the collection of the New Zealand Film Archive.

The first really good thing I ever made. Its 13 second duration the result of two intense weeks; learning digital modelling and animation software, rendering, planning, filming and re-editing. The project interrogates authorship, minimalism and decay in relation to architectural and moving image production.

nine square

Mixed media/digital video.
2 minutes 50s
shown in Viewfinder, Auckland Public Library/New Zealand Film Archive.
April – May 2006
now in the collection of the New Zealand Film Archive.

This video piece documents an architectural project concerned with repetition, subtle variation, memory and the body as a measure of space. Plans and sections are moved across, giving a partial experience of the space. The multiple screens act to highlight similarities and underscore differences. Materiality and inhabitation is suggested through the use of sound.