One of two three-dimensional video sculptures that reflect the fragility of a historic coastline subtly recalling centuries of slowly shifting sands. They have been produced in co-operation with Jo Millett (video) during an artists' residency at Spurn Point* on the Humber Estuary.
'Seascape [Fr-Agile]' features footage of the North Sea shoreline of Spurn, showing the horizon line and the ever rolling movement of the incoming sea. The video is projected onto a curved semi-transparent screen made of unwoven warp threads, stretching between wall and floor. The projection spreads through the warped screen to the wall thus creating a three-dimensional distorted and a plane image. The superimposition of these two images reflects the shifting movement of Spurn peninsula over centuries.
Context: During the summer months of 2008 I took part in a research residency On Spurn, exploring how water, wind and the tides shape the peninsula. The residency led to a performance which draws attention to Spurn's shifting movement over the past 150 years. Four yellow buoys were placed on the shoreline of Spurn's North Sea beach, marking the location where the estuary side of Spurn once existed in the 1850's. During a wet and blustery day in August 2008 the buoys were exposed to the powerful forces of nature that shape Spurn. The process, lasting from low to high tide, was documented on video by Jo Millett.
Weaving and video, two seemingly contrasting techniques, have been combined revealing a fascinating affinity. Interlacing lines reflect the binary nature of weaving that is believed to have led to the development of cyberspace and a digital age of immateriality.
*Spurn Point is a narrow spit of land on Yorkshire's Holderness coast separating the North Sea from the Humber Estuary. This three and a half mile line of sand and shingle is a place of constant erosion and reformation. Spurn, currently a nature reserve, is also home to the only permanently manned lifeboat station in the UK.
Video projection / Curved screen made of silk thread 30 tpi (threads per inch)