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Façade (2010)
dur.42 mins. HD | 5:1 surround

Regency refracted (2009)
Dur.23 mins looped. 2 Channel stereoscopic DVD. Video monitors and polished black porcelain.

Wordland (2008)
dur.35 mins. HD | 5:1 surround

Cataract (2007)
dur.11 mins. HD | stereo

Test Signal (2006)
dur.10 mins. Live video & sound installation

Microfilm Reader (2005)
dur.10 mins. 16mm tranferred to DVD | stereo

Somewhere, somewhere, nowhere (2005)
dur. 3.00 mins. DV | stereo

Omega (2004)
dur.3.30 mins. DV | 5:1 surround
The right side of the brain sees the colour but the left side reads the word (2003 - ongoing)
duration; variable. dimensions; variable. medium; variable
Eleven seconds of paradise (2000)
dur. 0.11 secs. DV | silent
Hercules (2001)
dur. 3.00 mins. 16mm | silent

Façade re-transmits some of the flawed utopias and polarised theories suggested by Sergei Eisenstein's unmade film 'The Glass House' into a fantastical vision of contemporary glass architecture far removed from its egalitarian origins. Shot in a green screen television studio the action takes place in the non-spaces it describes conflating archive footage of plate glass manufacture with architectural 'walkthroughs' of never-to-be-built glass buildings. Narrated by TV news anchor Julia Somerville Façade casts 'glass' as a transparent subject rendered slowly opaque by the language it engenders.

Working with a production film crew and architectural visualisation specialists Miller Hare, Façade's production process implements the tools and hierarchical systems associated with corporate media production in order to reveal the constituent parts of that system.

Façade was commissioned by Arts Council England through Film London Artists' Moving Image Network, Whitstable Biennale and Futurecity, with co-support from the BFI National Archive, National Glass Centre, Miller Hare, Pilkington Group Ltd and Foggo Associates.

 

Screenings | Exhibitions:

Whitstable Biennale (2010)
South London Gallery (2010)
Whitechapel Gallery (2011)
National Glass Centre (2011)
Artprojx, Armoury show, SVA Theatre, New York (2011)
Loop Festival Barcelona (2011)

Two channel video installation with binocular views of a regency building relected in Regents canal, London.

Language and property crumble in an exploration of the impact of coastal erosion on the people and landscape of North Norfolk. Concentrating on the small villages of Walcott and Cley next the Sea, the film combines interviews, field recordings and archive footage. 

Features a specially commissioned soundtrack by Alexander Tucker.

Wordland was produced by Cityprojects with funding from Arts Council England and The Elephant Trust.


Read more:

Art monthly review of Film & Video, Sally O'Reilly (pdf)
wordland website
city projects

Screenings | Exhibitions:

Film & Video, The Russian Club, London (2010) (pdf)
Peninsula Arts, Plymouth (2009)
Aurora Film Festival, Norwich (2008)
Walcott Village Hall (2008)
Outpost Gallery (2008)
Cley Village Hall (2008)
City Projects (2008)
LUX Event at the Arclola Theatre (2008) 


 

 

 

 

A journey through the glossy images and saccharine language of the Cotswold property market. Edited from recorded telephone conversations of local Estate Agents and images of properties on the market Cataract presents an eerily unpopulated landscape punctuated by a claustrophobic language of never-ending potential. Here the legacy of The English Romantic Movement finds itself re-codified as

A large video projection of Colour bars (normally used by video and broadcast technicians to verify signal accuracy) accompanied by a live choir. The Choir commences by singing the sustained tone that normally accompanies the colour bars (440hz or concert A). Their voices are picked up by a microphone and translated in real time to produce the colours of the industry standard Colour Bars. Slowly, as the composition and timbre of individual voices begin to deviate from a set tone the colours follow, modulating the different hues within the colour spectrum.

Test Signal was realised with The New London Chamber Choir for the event Phil Coy: Test Signal, Hannah Rickards: Thunder, The South London Gallery, March 2006.

Test signal was made possible through funding from The Elephant Trust.

A single column from the newspaper The South London Press in 1887 is filmed as it is spooled through a Microfilm reader on fast forward and randomly stopped on a short segment of text every few seconds. At each stoppage a short section of the text is read out by a voiceover artist.

 

Microfilm reader was made during a residency at Lambeth Archives funded by Arts Council England.

Somewhere_Somewhere_Nowhere remakes the opening title sequence of Francois Truffaud's Farenheit 451. The Television aerials of the original have been replaced by satellite dishes which, like in the original film, are each filtered by colours from the ROYBGIV colour spectrum. Similarly, the narrated titles and Bernard Herman’s sound score has been replaced with sound generated by the computer program vOICe. The computer programme was developed to enable the blind to ‘see’ by recognizing colours and generating sounds according to images placed before the camera.

A single screen video captures Soprano singer Germain Lewis of the Lydians Choir holding a single vibrato note at a redundant Omega tracking station in Trinidad. The tracking station is one of eight that were built and together formed the worlds first Global Navigation System. Decommissioned in 1977 the Omega system used longwave radio transmitters instead of satellites, which are the foundation of current GPS.

 

Omega was made during an International Artists Residency at Carribean Cultural Association (CCA) in Trinidad, funded by Arts Council England and Triangle Trust.

International Fellowships Gasworks

The didactic statement of the works title is played out literally. The piece remains deliberately unresolved being reworked and shown in a number of different contexts and configurations.

 

275 thumbnail images collected from an internet search for ‘paradise’ played at 25 f.p.s.

Exhibitions:

Cornerhouse (2004)
City Art Centre, Edinburgh (2004)
Sainsbury's Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2003)

Hayward Gallery touring show 'Incommunicado' (2003-04) curated by Margot Heller. Artists in the exhibition were: Angus Fairhurst, Bruce Nauman, Chen Zhen, Christian Marclay, Erika Tan, Francesca Woodman, Hirsch Perlman, Jiri Kolar, Lawrence Weiner, Mona Hatoum, Omer Fast, Pavel Büchler, Phil Coy, Samuel Beckett and Marin Karmitz, Smith/Stewart.

In 2010 Eleven seconds of paradise was remade out of a curiosity to see how paradise had changed. Eleven seconds of paradise (2010) was exhited at Russian Club; Phil Coy & Yuko Shiraishi together with Eleven seconds of paradise (2000) and as part of the online exhibition: Digitalis (2011).

 

 

Herculean column filmed in five sections in Agrigento Sicily on five cans and projected as a horizontal film on five seperate projectors.

Each monitor displays a video landscape of an oil seed rape field in Norfolk and a Propane gas fired Bird Scarer within shot. Accompanied by field recordings of the countryside these otherwise serene scenes are occasionally broken by an unimpressive explosion from one or other of the fields.

 

A structuralist take on the process of digital and non-linear editing. The video takes a 15 second section of a passing train and loops it. With every new loop a single frame is removed so that the speed of the train appears to steadily increase. The process continues until only one frame remains and the video ends.

 

The conversation (2000)
video / sound installation with two-box monitors and speakers. stereo sound .dur.20 mins looped. dimensions variable.
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Notes from the waterfall (1999)
dur. 12.00 mins. DV | stereo