Five2Watch: Human Landscapes

Axisweb has selected five artworks featuring contemporary artists looking at the landscapes which trace human impact: Jean Davey-Winter, Helen Grove-White, John Vincent, Julian Claxton and Paul R Jones

Lanzarote 3

Jean Davey-Winter

Photograph taken from microlight over the volcanic island of Lanzarote.

Jean Davey Winter

Power in the Land, Pwer yn y Tir, 2015

Helen Grove-White

I am currently working on a collaborative project around the shut down and decommissioning of Wylfa nuclear power station in Anglesey, North Wales.

Helen Grove White

Letchworth: A Dystopian Vision (Spirella Scene), 2014

John Vincent

Image created with 2D layering techniques of the former corset factory in Letchworth Garden City for the film: Letchworth A Dystopian Vision.

Castle Corset lies in ruins.

John Vincent

The Pyramids of Guimar, 2017

Julian Claxton

The Mysterious Blue Rider visited the Pyramids of Guimar on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain in April 2017 in a quest to find the lost route to Atlantis. A project by Volkskammer, Berlin. This was the impetus for a series of new short films on Instagram and You Tube.

Julian Claxton

Disaster Capitalism, 2016

Paul R Jones

The video work Disaster Capitalism (2016) explores the obsession with governments and the erection of walls and fences along national borders. Focusing on Calais 'great wall' initiative, the voice over, based on a text by Wendy Brown, examines the futile nature of such projects.

Rogoff (2000), Wolfe (2012), Vaughan-Williams (2012) and Brown (2010) highlight the importance of the geographical manifestation of borders. Rogoff sees borders as being about lines of division and can also exist as zones of challenge traditional systems of order. Brown observes that geographical borders are often intensified by the building of walls. Here the sovereign state can project an impression of supremacy even if its power base is diminishing. Expanding on these ideas Vaughan-Williams questions our preoccupation with geographically situated border, unfixing them from their moorings to exemplify how they operate as a bio-political device.

Paul R Jones

Published 23 June 2017