with fluidity

Two-channel audio walk
14 minutes 07s

Artists’ book
12 pages, 129mm x 181mm, plus double sided A3 fold-out poster
Designed and printed on risograph by Alice Bush at Ilam Press

Project launched Sunday July 12, 2015
Supported by The Physics Room.

With Fluidity is a project with Susie Pratt that consists of two parts: an audio walk and an artists’ book, which examine the tensions between Ōtākaro/Avon River as a founding icon of Christchurch city, and as a major contributor to the city’s destruction through earthquake induced liquefaction. The project takes the constantly shifting flows of Ōtākaro/Avon River as a model to propose alternative ways of thinking about and inhabiting the city.

The audio walk invites participants to be guided along the river while listening to audio that includes found sounds, manipulated sounds and fragments of spoken text. The artists’ book poses a series of questions, “How do the river and the city choreograph each other? What turns is the city making?” and responds to these through a visual essay.

LAND. HERE.

GPS trace from a 6.8km walk at the confluence of the Fox and Cook Rivers, South Westland, New Zealand.

This piece explores the propositional nature of mapping; the assertion that “this is there”. As a walked text piece the statement connects the direct experience of walking with a playfully banal statement of truth-testing.

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.

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.

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.